We'll make up for Luton display - Garvan

IPSWICH star Owen Garvan will be spurred on by anger in tomorrow's home clash with Stoke.The 18-year-old midfielder admitted: “I was angry with the performance at Luton last week.

By Mel Henderson

IPSWICH star Owen Garvan will be spurred on by anger in tomorrow's home clash with Stoke.

The 18-year-old midfielder admitted: “I was angry with the performance at Luton last week. We were very poor and I would also be angry if I was one of the fans who travelled up there.

“We owe our supporters after that. It was nowhere near the standard we expect of ourselves. I would like to apologise to the fans for the below-par display and I can assure them we will be out to rectify it on Saturday.”

While Town will be seeking their first win in six games, Stoke have crept up in the Championship table after a four-game unbeaten run. Victory at Portman Road would see them leapfrog Joe Royle's men.

Garvan added: “If we play as well as we can we are capable of beating any team in this league and the manager has made it clear he expects an improvement on last week's display.

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“Luton was very frustrating and we have obviously drawn too many games at home recently. We badly need a win to get us going again.”

Far from looking ahead to his summer break, the Dublin-born teenager would prefer to see the season carrying on for a while.

He said: “I really don't want it to end. I wish there were more games to play because it would give us a chance of making the play-offs.

“We didn't get the best of starts to the season and that has cost us. Personally, it has been a big season for me - I have made my debut and kept my place in the team - but while I have enjoyed my football it is disappointing that we haven't done better.

“If I'm honest I'm frustrated that I have not made more appearances. I want to play every single game, but at least being young I suppose I still have several seasons ahead of me.”

Garvan's early baptism has sharpened his appetite for success and he doesn't subscribe to the theory that he may have to move on to achieve it.

He added: “I prefer to look at how West Ham and Wigan have performed in the Premiership this season and think to myself 'We could do that'.

“In West Ham's case they are also in the semi-final of the FA Cup and could win it. When you think where they were this time last year they have come a long way.

“I want to win things, get my hands on some silverware, and I would love to do it with Ipswich.

“Yes, I read the papers and I'm aware of the speculation linking me with other clubs. I don't mind it - it's nice to hear that people are talking about me. It tells me I'm doing something right.

“But at the moment I am just looking to do well with Ipswich and that means getting into the Premiership as soon as possible.”

PLAYERS from Ipswich Town Disabled FC will be taking part in a coaching session on the practice pitch prior to tomorrow's match against Stoke City.

The players will be introduced to the crowd at half-time in a bid to raise awareness of the Level Playing Field campaign.

Ipswich has more than 300 positions for disabled supporters at Portman Road on match days, including wheelchair and ambulant, within nine areas of the stadium, all serviced by accessible toilets and low level catering facilities.

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