Jason: Only our best will do at Wolves
IPSWICH star Jason De Vos looked ahead to tonight's live-on-Sky clash with Wolves and insisted: “Only our best will do.”The giant Canadian and his colleagues are anxious to avoid the defensive frailty of their recent 4-3 home success over relegated Rotherham.
IPSWICH star Jason De Vos looked ahead to tonight's live-on-Sky clash with Wolves and insisted: “Only our best will do.”
The giant Canadian and his colleagues are anxious to avoid the defensive frailty of their recent 4-3 home success over relegated Rotherham.
De Vos admitted: “That was a real grind. We made it far more difficult than it should have been, although at the end of the day it was all about getting the three points.
“But it was also disappointing to concede three goals. It wasn't like us, because we had been strong and a lot more solid at the back in our previous games and had managed three clean sheets in a row before we beat Derby 3-2.
“That's the standard we have set for ourselves and we have been working hard in training to make sure there is no repeat of what happened against Rotherham.
“We are all surprised that Wolves have not done better this season, but they rarely lose and we are going to have to be at our best to take maximum points.
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“We are prepared to dig deep and get through this five-game spell and carry us over the finishing line.”
Town could move into a really strong position if they win tonight. They would be three points better off than Wigan and just two behind leaders Sunderland, who visit Portman Road on Sunday for another game being broadcast by Sky Sports.
De Vos added: “Our main strength as a team is going forward and scoring goals. It comes quite naturally, but it is vital we keep our shape and turn in a disciplined display at the back tonight.
“The other side of the game is just as important. If we manage to keep a clean sheet we are always likely to win, because of our attacking strengths.
“There is pressure but we can cope. We are where we want to be, challenging for promotion, and you can sense the determination among the lads to finish the job.”
Town are likely to be unchanged for the third game in a row, with Tommy Miller having recovered from the calf injury that led to his early withdrawal against Rotherham and caused him to miss training for much of last week.
Wolves, who have seen their slim chance of claiming a play-off place finally evaporate after three successive 1-1 stalemates, are also set to field a same-again starting line-up.
The appointment of Glenn Hoddle to succeed Dave Jones in early December raised hopes of a top six finish.
But although the former England boss has seen his side lose just once in 19 league outings, the fact that 14 of them ended in draws has proved costly.
If Wolves draw four of their remaining five games they will set a new English record for stalemates in a season - 24.
WOLVES: Oakes, Edwards, Craddock, Lescott, Naylor, Seol, Ince, Olofinjana, Kennedy, Cort, Miller, Bischoff, Clarke, Cameron, Ricketts and Jones.
IPSWICH: Davis, Wilnis, De Vos, Naylor, Unsworth, Miller, Magilton, Westlake, Currie, Kuqi, Bent, Richards, Horlock, Counago, Scowcroft and Price.
Referee: Steve Dunn (Bristol).