'Wins too late to make an impression'

ALEX Bruce looked back on three consecutive Ipswich Town wins and said: “We have been waiting a long while for this - and now it has come too late.”The Blues central defender went on: “We might not be able to make an impression this season, but hopefully our display was a sign of things to come.

By Elvin King

ALEX Bruce looked back on three consecutive Ipswich Town wins and said: “We have been waiting a long while for this - and now it has come too late.”

The Blues central defender went on: “We might not be able to make an impression this season, but hopefully our display was a sign of things to come.

“It has taken time for this side to gel into shape.

“Our fans can take a lot of credit for the display as they turned up in great numbers again and played their part.

“We still have plenty to play for including big games against Derby and Norwich City.”

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Bruce was looking forward to today's match at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday.

“I spent half a season on loan at Oldham and then half a season at Wednesday - the year they went up,” added Bruce. “I was a young lad and it was a big deal for me to be playing for such a big club.”

Jonathan Walters' partnership with Alan Lee and then Francis Jeffers was one of the highlights of Saturday's game.

And Walters - once on loan at Oakwell - revealed that he used to watch Jeffers playing for Everton. “I used to idolise him,” said Walters, who added:

“And I also used to watch Alan on television. Now I am playing with them both.

“I think I have adapted well to the style at Ipswich where players have more quality and spot runs earlier than in the lower leagues.”

Jaime Peters' good display will help his cause as he seeks an extension to his work permit in the summer.

The 19-year-old Canadian winger said: “I have no plans to go anywhere else, and my agent is setting the paperwork in motion.

“He says that the more first team games I play the better it will be. I am keeping my fingers crossed I can stay with Ipswich.

“It was great to be back in the team again, and the atmosphere in the club at the moment is terrific.

“Saturday was a good high for us and we were looking to carry on in the same vein against Sheffield Wednesday.”

David Wright said: “We emphasised at the interval that we did not want to slack off like we did against Plymouth.

“We rode an expected Barnsley push and our quality showed in the final part of the match.

“This is what we want to produce now, week-in, week-out.

“I used to be more of an attacking full back at Wigan, but never scored a goal their in two and a half years. At Crewe I scored three times, plus a penalty, and hopefully a goal will come for Ipswich soon.”

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