We have harmony - Holland

SKIPPER Matt Holland today firmly squashed stories that there is disharmony in the Ipswich Town camp. "We have no punch-ups at our training ground," he said.

By Elvin King

SKIPPER Matt Holland today firmly squashed stories that there is disharmony in the Ipswich Town camp.

"We have no punch ups at our training ground," he said.

"I have been told of articles about Marcus Stewart on the internet and how there is trouble in the camp. I room with Marcus and there is no problem whatsoever."

Holland will be leading his players out for the second leg of their UEFA Cup second round match against Swedish side Helsingborgs IF saying that there is little wrong with the club that two wins will not put right.

Holland added: "We will be looking for a good result tomorrow which will begin a return to the good times for Ipswich Town. We know it will be difficult as Helsingborg are a better side than Torpedo Moscow who we beat in the last round but we are good enough to come away with a aggregate victory tomorrow night."

Most Read

Central defender John McGreal admitted that he is a big doubt for the game. He missed the match against West Ham on Sunday after suffering from a back injury in last Wednesday's 3-3 draw at Southampton.

McGreal said: "I have been told that rest is the best way to cure the problem but that is a difficult thing to do when there are so many games coming up.

"We have a break from the Premiership after the Chelsea game on Sunday and hopefully will improve. At the moment the pain comes round my middle and is a worry. At the moment it is difficult to envisage playing in the game tomorrow."

On the other hand Titus Bramble is now much fitter after being out with a heel problem for the last few weeks. Bramble said: "I have been training in the last week and will step it up today and tomorrow and if there is no reaction then the boss may well have me back in the squad for the game against the Swedish side."

The baby of the Town party is keeping his fingers crossed that a hat-trick in Monday's behind-closed-doors game will be enough to see him selected for a place on the bench.

Darren Bent has been lifted from the youth team to travel with the party to Sweden and the 17-year-old striker said: "We played Cambridge United at our Rushmere training ground on Monday and won 6-3. I scored a hat-trick with most of the management watching and am hoping that it will be enough to see me selected in the main squad.

"It is a great experience to be here anyway but if I can get some of the action it will make it that much better."