Hard work paying dividends - Sylvain

SYLVAIN Legwinski today reflected on last night's goalless draw at Stoke City and said: “We can now look ahead with confidence.”The 33-year-old Frenchman was one of the Ipswich Town band of hard workers who ensured they brought a deserved Championship point back to Suffolk with a fifth clean sheet in seven games this month.

By Elvin King

SYLVAIN Legwinski today reflected on last night's goalless draw at Stoke City and said: “We can now look ahead with confidence.”

The 33-year-old French-man was one of the Ipswich Town band of hard workers who ensured they brought a deserved Championship point back to Suffolk with a fifth clean sheet in seven games this month.

With Richard Naylor staying back in Ipswich because of a badly bruised toe, David Wright played as a central defender in another makeshift defence.

Wright partnered acting skipper Fabian Wilnis, who celebrated his 300th Town appearance with another magnificent display.

Legwinski said: “If we keep playing like this we will move up the table.

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“We are proving hard to beat and we will not lose many more matches if we carry on in the same vein.

“The reason for our inconsistent results in the first half of the season was because we were not defending collectively.

“We did that last night with everybody pulling their weight. A clean sheet was a notable achievement.

“It was a very important night and result and will become even more so if we gain some reward at Crystal Palace on Saturday.”

Legwinski played a more forward role at a bitterly cold and non-atmospheric Britannia Stadium.

Ipswich played just debut-making Jon Walters up front, with Legwinski adding: “It is not my natural position, but the most important thing is what's best for the team.”

Legwinski's hip injury restricts his movements a little, but he expects to be fit to face Palace, while Alex Bruce will be free from suspension and Alan Lee is expected to have recovered from a hamstring twinge.

Gavin Williams went off with a reaction to his groin problem.

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