Good times, bad times for Jaime
NOW is the time to stick together as a team.Ipswich Town's new regular left-back, Jaime Peters, is of that opinion despite the club's current plight at the foot of the Championship table.
NOW is the time to stick together as a team.
Ipswich Town's new regular left-back, Jaime Peters, is of that opinion despite the club's current plight at the foot of the Championship table.
Town are still without a win in 11 league starts, a miserable record that has yielded just five points from a possible 33. They are five points adrift of safety.
And Roy Keane's men can do nothing about their predicament, at least for the next fortnight, due to the break for internationals. It means they must continue to stew until the visit of Swansea on October 17.
"We're going through such a bad patch at the moment, but we have to hope that this is our only bad patch of the season," insisted Peters.
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"It's a hard time for us. We're very close to getting the win, and I thought we did enough to win the game at Barnsley.
"In fact, I thought we would at least get a draw, so it was very disappointing.
"But we have to keep our heads up. We have to keep together and get through it as a team," added Peters.
A goal from former Ipswich loanee, Jon Macken, in the sixth and final minute of injury-time, condemned Town to a 2-1 defeat at Barnsley on Saturday.
This heart-break ending came just four days after a last ditch equaliser from Sheffield United skipper, Chris Morgan, in the second minute of stoppage time, denied Town a victory with a 3-3 draw at Bramall Lane.
Peters spent the bulk of his early career as a roving winger, but the 22-year-old Canadian is having to curb his attacking instincts at the moment.
Keane has recalled him to the team as a left-back, in place of Damien Delaney, and it is a position that he has occupied, on-and-off, for the last few months.
"Personally, it's going well, because I've played the full 90 minutes for the last two games," explained Peters.
"You wouldn't have perhaps thought that I'd end up playing at left-back, but then football is a funny game.
"I was up against a tricky winger (Barnsley's Jamal Campbell-Ryce), but I prefer to play against opponents like that, who are smaller than me.
"I'm happy to be in the team, but I'm obviously not happy with the results," added Peters, who first started operating as a left-back for the Reserves.
Following the fortnight's break, Town have six games against teams in the lower half of the table.
They entertain Swansea, Watford, Derby and Sheffield Wednesday at Portman Road, and hit the road for trips to Plymouth and Reading.
This period will surely be make-or-break for Keane.