Grant: We'll soon have the town buzzing

GRANT Leadbitter insists that second-from-bottom Ipswich Town will soon have the town buzzing.

Elvin King

GRANT Leadbitter insists that second-from-bottom Ipswich Town will soon have the town buzzing.

The midfielder scored after just 42 seconds in last night's 1-1 Coca-Cola Championship draw with Nottingham Forest at Portman Road.

Robert Earnshaw equalised for the visitors in the 59th minute to leave Blues boss Roy Keane still waiting for his first league win of the season.

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Town fans gave their team every encouragement, but went home frustrated with a start that has seen a paltry three points accrued from the opening seven matches.

But 23-year-old Leadbitter revealed today that he can only see good times ahead.

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He made his debut after his �2.6million move from Sunderland last Saturday in the 3-1 defeat at Middlesbrough, but the enthusiasm that accompanied his move has not been diminished.

“The manager said that there were some very good players here, and he was right,” said Leadbitter.

“We are going to have a good season and there will be good times ahead.

“The fans will soon have plenty to shout about, and the whole town will be buzzing.”

Leadbitter says that he wants to take the positives from last night's game into the match at Doncaster on Saturday.

“We played really well to start with but it was not to be our day,” he added. “For some reason we could not keep it going.

“There is plenty to work on, and the scoreline gave a false impression of the match at the Riverside when we could easily have got something from Middlesbrough.

“I came here to go back up into the Premier League and perhaps I am too ambitious. But I don't think so.

“It felt like a defeat in our dressing room after the game and our fans were magnificent.”

Leadbitter said he did not see any deflection on his shot following a back header from Jon Stead that gave the Blues a perfect start.

“It's my goal and I am pleased with that. But I would have been happier with three points,” he said.

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