Walters: It's time to push on

IPSWICH Town's Jon Walters wants to forget 2009 as quickly as possible.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town's Jon Walters wants to forget 2009 as quickly as possible.

The 26-year-old Blues skipper scored a goal and played a leading role in yesterday's 3-1 Championship win over Queens Park Rangers at Portman Road.

And today he wanted to look ahead.

“We must put 2009 behind us,” said Walters.

“It was nice to finish the year on a high note turning in a good performance to beat a good QPR side. And we don't want to look back any more.

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“We are building up some momentum and if we can find more consistency we can continue to creep up the table.

“Blackpool away in the FA Cup on Saturday is our next target, and to gain our first back-to-back wins of the season would be the next step.

“Then we must look to do that in the league.”

Walters now has six goals and is joined at the top of the Ipswich scoring charts by Jon Stead, who converted two fine second-half goals.

Stead has now netted six in his last nine matches, and Walters said: “He took his goals very well.

“Both were accurate strikes and it was great to have him available after the appeal against his sending off.“

Walters also had praise for keeper Arran Lee-Barrett who came out of nowhere to make the first team and concede just four goals in his five starts so far.

“Arran showed a presence again yesterday and after being thrown in the deep end he has done remarkably well and will be hard to displace.

“Connor Wickham was a bit gutted at losing out on a goal from my cross that led to Jon's second goal.

“Their keeper got a finger tip to the ball just as Connor was about to tap it over the line.

“But his chance will come, and hopefully he will score many goals for this football club.”

Town's FA Cup game at Blackpool must be in some doubt already with Bloomfield Road frozen yesterday with a forecast of more wintry weather for the rest of the week.

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