Liam: Blues will go up - next season

LIAM Rosenior today urged Blues fans to put their money on the club gaining promotion - in 2010/11.

Elvin King

LIAM Rosenior today urged Blues fans to put their money on the club gaining promotion - in 2010/11.

The effervescent 25-year-old full back, who is expected to extend his Portman Road loan from Reading into a permanent move in the summer, remains in positive mood despite Saturday's frustrating 1-1 home draw with Middlesbrough.

This left Roy Keane's side just one meagre point above the drop zone - and with four successive away fixtures to come.

“If we stay in this division I wager we'll get promoted next term,” said Rosenior.

“The foundations are there, and if we win at Queens Park Rangers tomorrow everybody will be back saying how well we're playing.”

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A failure to add to their solitary win on the travels over the next 15 days would drop Ipswich into deep relegation trouble.

But Rosenior views QPR, Peterborough, Sheffield Wednesday and Scunthorpe as all winnable fixtures for a team that is now unbeaten at home for 10 matches.

He went on: “In the Championship, unlike the Premier League, there is not that much difference playing at home or away.

“The league is so tight that three points tomorrow would see us go one point behind 14th placed QPR. And we're six points off mid-table.

“Maybe after these four games our fans will start feeling a lot happier.

“We lost two points to a very late West Brom equaliser then dominated at Preston for 65 minutes before Saturday's game where we were comfortable for long periods.

“That's seven extra points that could easily have been ours, and it would all be looking so different.”

Rosenior, who sees new signings Daryl Murphy and David Healy making a big difference, says two instances on Saturday summed up Town's frustrating season.

“Gareth McAuley saw his goal-bound header strike David Healy in the 44th minute, and when David Wheater put in a similar effort in the 62nd minute the ball bobbled off the pitch and wrong footed Arran Lee-Barrett, Grant Leadbitter and myself who were ready to clear.”

Rosenior knows the importance of tomorrow's game against a Rangers side that lost at bottom club Peterborough at the weekend and ended with nine men on the field.

“It's massive, but we've a much better side than we were at the start of the season, and with 18 games to go there is plenty of time to put things right and move up the table.

“The manager was disappointed with the goal we conceded, but otherwise there was not a lot he could say.

“We worked hard against a Middlesbrough side that contained quality players.”

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