Currie: Fifth place not impossible
“LET'S get up and at them,” is the message today from Ipswich Town's in-form midfielder Darren Currie.Following a weekend off after the postponement of Saturday's scheduled Championship game at Preston North End, the 31-year-old is even more convinced that the Blues can grab a precious play-off place.
By Elvin King
“LET'S get up and at them,” is the message today from Ipswich Town's in-form midfielder Darren Currie.
Following a weekend off after the postponement of Saturday's scheduled Championship game at Preston North End, the 31-year-old is even more convinced that the Blues can grab a precious play-off place.
Currie said: “We know we are capable of catching Preston, who are five points ahead with ten games left.
“And most people think that sixth spot is the most be can hope for.
“But Crystal Palace's home defeat at the weekend convinces me even more that fifth place is also obtainable.
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“There are still plenty of points to play for, and the teams above us have got to play each other.
“We have still to go to Preston and Crystal Palace, when wins will effectively be worth six points.
“And, with respect to our opponents, our home run-in is one that our play-off rivals would all swap.
“Our confidence is high, we are scoring goals - and perhaps more importantly not conceding with a settled back five (including Shane Supple) conceding just a penalty in our last two matches.”
Preston, five points above Ipswich with two games in hand, play at Plymouth tomorrow and at lowly Brighton on Saturday.
They will be without three key players through suspensions at Home Park, while Brighton will be fighting for their lives.
Palace, who lost to Leeds at home on Saturday, are ten points ahead of Ipswich having played the same number of games.
Their next match is at Stoke next Monday, while Ipswich entertain third-from-bottom Millwall on Saturday.
Like the rest of his team mates, Currie was given the weekend off as the postponement because of a frozen pitch at Deepdale came in time to stop Ipswich travelling north.
“We know we have it all to do, but we are strong enough and there is every reason to suggest we can go on a winning run,” added Currie, who has been on the receiving end of praise from fellow midfielder Ian Westlake.
“Darren is a potent weapon in our armoury,” said Westlake. “How he has not played at the highest level I do not know.
“His delivery from dead ball kicks and his long balls can open up any defence. I am envious of his ability and he is on top of his form right now.
“The best part of my game is running and covering space, and if there was a mix of Darren and myself it would produce the perfect player.”
Alan Lee should be fit to return from his hamstring strain against Millwall, but Ricardo Fuller will now serve his one-match ban in that game.
A midweek re-staging date for the Preston game is likely to be announced this week.