We are too good to go down - Garvan

OWEN Garvan stressed to concerned Ipswich Town fans today: “We're convinced we're too good to go down and we are all right behind the manager."

By Elvin King

OWEN Garvan stre-ssed to concerned Ipswich Town fans today: “We're convinced we're too good to go down and we are all right behind the manager.

“And along with my team mates I will be doing all I can to ensure our Championship survival.”

One of the brightest prospects on the club's books, the 19-year-old is well aware of the importance of Saturday's home Championship match with fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers. An extension of the current five-game, no-goals run into next week will increase fears that the Blues will sink into the third tier of English football for the first time in 50 years.


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Last season Ipswich finished 15th in the Championship, which was their worst position for 40 seasons.

They are currently eight points worse off than this time last season, although the

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They are currently eight points worse off than this time last season, although the2005/06 campaign finished with a whimper - just one victory in the last ten matches resulting in the departure of manager Joe Royle.

“It is a massive game on Saturday,” said Garvan, who made his 50th Town appearance in the 1-0 defeat at Southampton last weekend.

“We are now under considerable pressure after a very disappointing run.

“And it will only increase if we don't pick up points soon.

“We don't want to be in a position where we are fighting for our lives in the final few matches - we want to clear ourselves of this over the next few weeks.

“I know the reputation of this wonderful club and along with my team mates will continue to give everything to move up the table. We are all right behind the manager.”

Ipswich visit Hull next Tuesday and then entertain Southend on Saturday week - and they need at least six points from their next three games against struggling sides to ease the pressure.

Just one point has been accrued from the last 15 on offer, which Garvan says is unfair on the club's supporters.

“We have fantastic fans,” added Garvan. “They were unbelievable at Watford and were out in large numbers again at Southampton.

“I am sure they will be behind us on Saturday when we have a great chance to ease the pressure both on ourselves and our supporters.”

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