Goal bliss for Blues against QPR

IPSWICH Town are back on track thanks to their 50th ever Coca-Cola Championship win - and two-goal provider Gary Roberts has no doubts about their ability to move up the table.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town are back on track thanks to their 50th ever Coca-Cola Championship win - and two-goal provider Gary Roberts has no doubts about their ability to move up the table.

Like the rest of his team mates he is confident Town can carry on the good work from Saturday's 2-1 win over QPR and gain further points at Hull City tomorrow and at home to Southend on Saturday.

“It is a big week and four more points are well within our grasp,” said Roberts who passed for Alan Lee and Jonathan Walters to put the Blues back on the goal trail after a barren February.


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“With respect to Rangers we are miles better than them.

“During our so-called bad run we were losing games by one goal and we never lost faith. And nor did the manager.

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“It was only a matter of time before we found the net again, and although I am pleased to have a hand in both goals the most important thing is that we won.”

Roberts, who will be 23 later this month, revealed today what affect the five-match losing had on the players.

“We felt it as much as the fans,” he said. “It was horrible going home on a Saturday night and just moping around.

“This Saturday it was great to have a meal and enjoy the night.

“We have a chance to jump up the table now, and with the gaffer expected to bring in a couple of new faces during the summer next season is one we are all looking forward to with relish.”

The Friday tea time signing of England one-cap striker Francis Jeffers appeared to pep up Town strikers, and 13-goal Lee agreed.

“It did perk us up,” said Lee, who is set to make his 50th Town appearance tomorrow. “Competition for places is always good and now we have ended our recent barren run I want more.

“Fifteen is my best seasonal return - and I want to beat that.”

And reflecting on the goal that ended 592 minutes without a goal, Lee said: “It was a great ball in and it hung in the air. I had time to think about it, which is not always a good thing, but the ball ended just where I intended.

“It was a good win and we created plenty of chances. How Damion Stewart deflected my later shot over the bar I shall never know.”

What do you think? Is the loan signing of Francis Jeffers a good move by Ipswich? Write to Sports Desk, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail starsport@eveningstar.co.uk. Please include your full name and address.

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