Roberts confirms scary scenes

GARY Roberts confirmed how scared Ipswich Town players felt as 400 Leeds fans invaded the pitch near the end of Saturday's 1-1 Championship draw at Elland Road.

By Elvin King

GARY Roberts confirmed how scared Ipswich Town players felt as 400 Leeds fans invaded the pitch near the end of Saturday's

1-1 Championship draw at Elland Road.

“It was scary,” said Roberts, who had his best game for a number of weeks.

“It was a strange situation to find yourself in and certainly not nice to look round and see fans charging on to the pitch.

“I can understand why they would be upset at being relegated, but, even so, supporters can't invade the pitch like that.”

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Acting Town skipper Fabian Wilnis said he did not feel threatened, but had the benefit of going off next to a steward.

“I thought it was a wise decision to stand beside a steward, and we walked off side by side,” said Wilnis.

“I did not feel threatened, but it was a crazy game.

“We stayed in our dressing room during the 30-minute delay and tried our best to keep warm waiting for the referee and police to give the okay to go back on. I think Leeds are punished enough by being relegated to League One - 12 months after being in the play-off final.

“It was not long ago I was facing Mark Viduka and Alan Smith in the Premiership, and I hope they bounce back.”

Talking of his own future, Wilnis said: “I want to get things sorted this week as I don't want to go away with my future in doubt.

“Talks have not begun yet, but the vibes are good that I will be able to agree a new Ipswich contract offer.”

Town midfielder George O'Callaghan said: “By the time we played out the last 45 seconds, most of the trouble-makers had gone.

“Leeds have some fantastic supporters but unfortunately there's a few who let the club down, which is very disappointing. We were certainly good value for our point.

“If anything, we could have nicked it because we had the best of the last half-hour, and Alex Bruce is adamant he was not pushing when he had a late goal disallowed.”

Leeds are three points behind Hull, but with a vastly inferior goal difference.

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