Quinn warns to expect a late twist

ALAN Quinn went into today's Coca-Cola Championship game at Preston fully aware of what the final hours of a season can bring.The 28-year-old midfielder, who joined Ipswich Town in January from Sheffield United, was in the Blades squad that was relegated from the Premier League last season.

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ALAN Quinn went into today's Coca-Cola Championship game at Preston fully aware of what the final hours of a season can bring.

The 28-year-old midfielder, who joined Ipswich Town in January from Sheffield United, was in the Blades squad that was relegated from the Premier League last season.

“With two games to go we thought we were safe,” said Quinn. “It looked all done and dusted.


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“Then there were a few unexpected twists and Fulham and West Ham managed to escape and we went down.

“Even though we are not favourites to finish in the top six, I am confident that Ipswich Town can still do it.

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“It means a win at Preston today - and this is something we are all confident about.

“It was a nice surprise to see Velice Sumulikoski back in training this week and his return to the squad, along with Shefki Kuqi, gives us an added boost.

“With Jonathan Walters also back, and sure to benefit from his game at Wolverhampton last week, we are well equipped to gain the win at Deepdale we want.”

Quinn has always enjoyed his visits to Deepdale, being part of a Sheffield United side that won 1-0 after having a player sent off and Paddy Kenny saving the resultant penalty.

“We are due some luck,” he added. “The ball has not run for us and we could easily have picked up four more points at home in recent weeks.

“If we make the play-offs I fancy our chances big time. In every game I have played at Portman Road we have created at least 10 chances, and I am sure this will continue.

“Overall I am happy enough with my performances and nerves will certainly not affect me, with training having been fun this week.

“The staff have not made a big deal of the importance of today's match and I am sure we will handle the pressure.

“We have a full, fit squad and we are all confident of getting the result we all want.”

But if not, then Quinn is convinced that 2008/09 will be a big one for the Blues.

“If we maintain our home form and sort out our away form I can see us being fine next season,” he said.

“But this season is far from over yet, I know how unpredictable the final games can be.”

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