Bruce looks for Town to kick-on

ALEX Bruce is looking for Ipswich Town to kick-on after Saturday's 1-1 Coca-Cola Champion-ship draw with Burnley at Portman Road.The 22-year-old defender said: “After hitting back to score a late equaliser it felt like a win when we walked off the field.

By Elvin King

ALEX Bruce is looking for Ipswich Town to kick-on after Saturday's 1-1 Coca-Cola Champion-ship draw with Burnley at Portman Road.

The 22-year-old defender said: “After hitting back to score a late equaliser it felt like a win when we walked off the field.

“We showed our character and it was a good result after going behind in the 86th minute.

“We can take confidence from this into Saturday's match at Cardiff City.

“It could prove to be a turning point, although we have thought we were on an upward move before.”

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Bruce had faith in Alan Lee converting the 90th minute equaliser from the penalty spot, and he is happy to play at right back now that Matthew Bates has gone back to Middlesbrough injured.

Bruce went on: “Everybody knows my preferred position is central defence, but I have no problems at all playing right back.

“If it is for the good of the team then it is good for me.”

What does cause Bruce anguish is the worrying state of the Portman Road pitch.

He could not hide his concern when he said: “Quite frankly it is dreadful.

“You have to be wary when making first-time passes and you rarely feel certain about the bounce.

“It is the same for both sides, so we must try not to make a big deal out of it.”

Gifton Noel-Williams was adamant Ipswich should not have been given the penalty after he handled following a corner.

The striker said: “I was pushed in the back. I did make contact with the ball with my hand, but why would I handle?”

Town skipper Jason De Vos was well placed to see, and he said: “It was a definite penalty. The lad's hand went up and made contact with the ball. That is a penalty.”

Former Ipswich defender John McGreal added: “My team mates tell me that Gifton was pushed, but I will have to see the video before commenting.

“It was disappointing not to win after taking the lead so late in the game.”

Fabian Wilnis confirmed that he is over his hamstring problems.

The Dutchman was left out of the final squad of 16 and has not played since appearing to be criticised by his manager after the home Sheffield Wednesday defeat.

“To say I am disappointed is an understatement,“ said Wilnis, who needs to play in two more times to clock up 300 Town appearances.”

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