David's heartbreak after father's death

DAVID Wright has been playing under a cloud for the last few weeks.The 27-year-old Ipswich Town defender lost his father Geoff three weeks ago - two days after the 2-0 victory at Luton Town.

By Elvin King

DAVID Wright has been playing under a cloud for the last few weeks.

The 27-year-old Ipswich Town defender lost his father Geoff three weeks ago - two days after the 2-0 victory at Luton Town.

Although the former Crewe and Wigan player is not the type to make excuses, he has revealed that the death has had a big effect.

Fingers were pointed at Wright from some directions for the two goals Ipswich conceded in yesterday's 2-0 Coca-Cola Championship defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

Town fans have yet to see the best of Wright, which is understandable as his father was taken ill and died in a short space of time.

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“My dad had been poorly, which I had to deal with,” said Wright.

“And after his death I needed a lot of help from my family, who have been great.”

Wright took ten days compassionate leave to grieve before returning to a Town defence that conceded just one goal in three matches before yesterday.

“The 5-1 win over Barnsley on Monday would have put a smile on dad's face,” said Wright. “He would have been looking down.”

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