Crunch time for Scowcroft

JAMES Scowcroft today welcomed Ipswich's league break before a crucial two months of his career.The striker, who is on loan at Portman Road from Championship rivals Leicester City, knows he is playing for his professional future.

JAMES Scowcroft today welcomed Ipswich's league break before a crucial two months of his career.

The striker, who is on loan at Portman Road from Championship rivals Leicester City, knows he is playing for his professional future.

His deal at the Walkers Stadium expires at the end of the season and if he fails to impress Town boss Joe Royle then he will be left without a club.

“I have not got a clue what the future is,” said Scowcroft. “I just have to focus on the next few weeks and take it from there.”

“The next two months are massively important. Not only for me, it is a big stage in players' careers for everyone at the club.”

Scowcroft, who was involved in Ipswich Town Reserves' 1-1 draw with West Ham last night, has failed to score in six first team matches since returning to Suffolk.

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He said: “I have not been too disappointed with the way I have been playing.

“I have played better but it is what happens in May that counts more than anything.

“No one says they have played to the best of their ability and I'm always quite harsh on myself.”

Ipswich are not in action again until April 2 when they face George Burley's Derby County side at Portman Road.

Scowcroft, 29, believed Ipswich would benefit from having two weeks without a match.

He said: “I do not think it is a bad thing. There are a lot of games in this league and they come thick and fast so if you have a spare week then it is probably good to recharge your batteries.”

Ipswich are currently in third place in the Championship, three points behind Wigan Athletic but five points off leaders Sunderland.

Scowcroft, who wants to stay with the Suffolk side for next season, believed the Ipswich fans should not worry about that at this stage of the year.

He said: “People say we are two, three, five points back but it is where you are in May that counts.

“It is two teams from three that are going to go straight up and Ipswich have a fantastic chance.

“We are now entering the final seven games and all three teams have everything to play for. No one has done anything to guarantee anything.

“I do not think any of the three teams will win every game they have got left. If they do then fair play to them, but I cannot see it.

“I'm sure supporters up and down the land are getting twitchy about their team, that is what supporting a team is all about.

“But the medals are given out in May, not March.”

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