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QPR manager Ian Holloway not surprised by Ipswich Town’s lofty Championship position

PUBLISHED: 13:00 09 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:10 09 September 2017

Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway


Queen’s Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway says it should come as no surprise that Ipswich Town are currently in the Championship’s automatic promotion places.

The Blues have made an impressive start to the season, only losing their perfect league record last time out, when Fulham left Portman Road with maximum points after a 2-0 victory.

Despite that, Ipswich remain second, in an automatic promotion place, ahead of their trip to Loftus Road today, where they will face a Rangers side that have won two from two at home, against Hull and Reading, to sit 10th in the Championship.

Holloway said: “Why would anyone be surprised that Mick (McCarthy) – who has won this Championship twice – has got his team near the top of the table at the start of the season.

“They haven’t got the money everyone else has had and that can get fans murmuring. But it’s nothing to do with the job Mick has done. You won’t get anything against Ipswich unless you match the honesty and hard work that Mick gets out of his team.”

Ahead of Ipswich’s visit to west London, Holloway added: “I think it’s going to be a very combative game.

“I think we have a high-pressing midfield and so do they.

“There won’t be much space in the midfield that’s for sure – we know that and Mick McCarthy has said he is happy for opposing centre-backs to have the ball.

“I think there will be goals here – hopefully we can score more than them but I’m looking forward to the challenge of a tight pitch and trying to break them down on it.”

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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