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Watch Bialkowski’s two stunning saves against Forest... so is he the Championship’s best goalkeeper?

PUBLISHED: 12:41 03 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:53 03 December 2017

Bartosz Bialkowski makes a reaction save to a Daryl Murphy effort, late in Town's 4-2 win over Nottingham Forest.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Bartosz Bialkowski makes a reaction save to a Daryl Murphy effort, late in Town's 4-2 win over Nottingham Forest. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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Bartosz Bialkowski stunning display against Nottingham Forest added yet more evidence to a body of work which suggests he may be the Championship’s best goalkeeper.

The Polish goalkeeper has been outstanding since securing the starting spot from Dean Gerken at Portman Road, saving his team time and again as his side’s last line of defence.

He produced a stunning save in the win at Derby on Tuesday night as he turned a deflected Tom Huddlestone shot away as Town held onto their narrow lead, and was at it again at Portman Road on Saturday.

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His first came after he palmed a Daryl Murphy shot away in the first half, with Tyler Walker’s follow up looking like to was going to creep over the line before the Pole scampered back and clawed the ball away to safety to keep his side a goal ahead.

He saved from Murphy again in the second half, turning the Irishman’s angled shot over the bar, but saved his best till last as he thwarted his former team-mate once again.

Bialkowski turned Murphy’s header onto the crossbar with a split-second save, before then pushing the ball away while lying on his back following the initial save.

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The VAR replay of the save shows just how close the ball came from completely crossing the line, with two thirds of it over, before the Pole was able to push it away.

Following the game at Derby on Tuesday, manager Mick McCarthy praised his keeper and questioned whether he is the league’s best.

“If there’s been a better keeper in the league for the last two seasons I haven’t seen him, certainly at keeping the ball out of his net, at stopping shots he’d fantastic.”

Two Ipswich Town stars will be looking to take a big step towards this summer’s World Cup over the next week while a host of younger players look to further their international careers.

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been impressed by Ipswich stopper Bartosz Bialkowski following his first call-up to the Polish national team.

Luton boss Nathan Jones is disappointed to lose the services of midfielder Flynn Downes due to international duty but is pleased to see the Ipswich Town youngster continue his development with England Under 19s.

Fighting for a place in England’s World Cup squad might be tough work for Burnley’s Nick Pope but it beats riding a milk float in the early hours of the morning.

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Michael Crowe was taken by surprise when he found out he had been called up for international duty, but is determined to learn as much as he can while away with the Wales squad.

Ipswich Town fans want to see young defender Josh Emmanuel given his chance in the first team next season.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says Josh Emmanuel may be sent out on loan again next season.

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers hopes striker David McGoldrick has not played his last game for the club.

Season ticket prices, whether we’ll hear from owner Marcus Evans and manager Mick McCarthy’s future are the three big questions as Ipswich Town head into a two-week international break.

Did you hear about the Mick McCarthy press conference? He walked into the room, sat down, and apologised profusely to the loyal fans of Ipswich Town, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

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