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Get off Town players' backs fan urged

PUBLISHED: 15:18 19 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

STOP the booing and get behind the team!

Supporters who vented their frustration at Ipswich Town players after last night's UEFA Cup tie with Helsingborg were today urged to rally to the cause instead of deriding their efforts.

STOP the booing and get behind the team!

Supporters who vented their frustration at Ipswich Town players after last night's UEFA Cup tie with Helsingborg were today urged to rally to the cause instead of deriding their efforts.

Many fans left disappointed after the uninspiring 0-0 draw.

Supporters and players alike all looked dejected as the final whistle went – but it's not too late.

Town can still turn the tie around and head in to the UEFA Cup third round.

Phil Ham, editor of the Ipswich fanzine, These are the Days, today made an impassioned plea for the boo boys who gave the team a roasting last night to stand four square behind their team.

"We may be unhappy with drawing 0-0 but a couple of years ago we were losing 2-1 to Crewe and things were a damn sight worse," he said.

"We have been spoilt over the last year or two with the level of performances.

"It was a bad performance, but there is no need to get on the players' backs like some people did.

"Fans have to get behind the team. Players react to fans, just as fans react to players."

Evening Star soccer writer Dave Allard echoed those sentiments: "Supporters must remember the amazing progress Ipswich have made in just a short period of time"

Fans just need to look at the stadium and the national coverage Ipswich are getting to see how good things are.

But if supporters don't get behind the team all the great work that has been done could easily come apart.

Blues skipper Matt Holland has admitted the team are feeling tense and need to relax a bit more – it's down to the fans to try to lift the players, not get on their backs.

Hopefully with the new North Stand set to be open for the first time next month a positive atmosphere will return to the stadium and the on-field fortunes of the club will start to improve.

Read Phil Ham's thoughts in full on page 43…………..

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