Bruce: Our luck must change soon

KEY Ipswich Town defender Alex Bruce today looked ahead to tomorrow's home Championship game with Wolverhampton and said: “Our luck must start changing soon.

By Elvin King

KEY Ipswich Town defender Alex Bruce today looked ahead to tomorrow's home Championship game with Wolverhampton and said: “Our luck must start changing soon.”

The Blues will be seeking to get back to winning ways after the heartbreak of going out of the FA Cup with a late, late Watford fifth round winner at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Ipswich covered themselves in glory against Premiership opponents, hitting the woodwork twice and making short work of playing for 45 minutes with ten men after the controversial dismissal of George O'Callaghan on his full debut.

But despite controlling the game, Ipswich still left empty handed in their fourth consecutive game without finding the net.

“How much more bad luck can we have?” asked 22-year-old Bruce, one of the heroes of a makeshift Town back four.

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“It has got to turn. We have conceded so many late goals it is unbelievable, and this was another big kick in the teeth.

“With a bit more good fortune we would now be in the opposite half of the table - and in the quarter-final of the FA Cup.

“Things must surely even themselves out, and if the ball runs for us it promises to be a much more successful 2007/8.

Damien Francis struck with an 87th minute goal to effectively bring the curtain down on this campaign for Ipswich.

“It epitomised our season,” added Bruce. “We had all the play and were the better team. It is hard to take.

“But at least there were plenty of positives with Sylvain Legwinski, Danny Haynes, Matt Richards and George O'Callaghan outstanding.

“It has to give us confidence for the future.”

And talking of O'Callaghan's dismissal for a kick at Dan Shittu, Bruce said: “I feel for George, but he will bounce back. Sometimes occasions get the better of people.”

Ipswich should have Jason De Vos, Alan Lee, Jonathan Walters and Owen Garvan available tomorrow.

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