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Interview with an away fan: Ipswich Town

Well tomorrow it's back to the football, a little break from captain sales, pathetic loan length signings and rumours galore. 90 minutes of freedom to watch us beat Ipswich....I wish, I have a feeling tomorrow could be the worst atmosphere of the season and there has been some bad ones.

The opponents Ipswich haven't been to great this season, but it would typical for them to raise their game tomorrow. As usual I interviewed Phil from www.twtd.co.uk - the independent Ipswich Town website.

You're currently sitting 19th in the table with 28 points. It's fair to say you probably aren't happy being down there, but are you seeing any improvements from the team on the pitch?

Some improvements, yes, although results haven’t really matched performances. We deserved something at Reading and Birmingham and should have beaten Blackpool last week until an inspired performance from Blackpool’s subs, Kevin Phillips most notably.

According to the press we're locked in talks with Sean St Ledger, just like yourselves. What is the rumours doing the rounds at Ipswich and are you confident you can sign him?

St Ledger was coming here last week until Leicester realised, somewhat belatedly, that that would leave them short of central defenders with Sol Bamba off to the Africa Cup of Nations. I suspect that if they sign Wes Morgan from Forest, St Ledger will be on his way, probably to Town, unless we've signed someone else by then.

In the summer we were linked with David Stockdale. He didn't have the best have spells with the ball passing him on many occasions. Despite the lack of clean sheets was he a good signing or can some of the blame be passed on to him?

He was probably at fault for two or three goals but not too many more. He’s a good keeper and seemed a decent bloke as well. I don’t think too many people blamed him for the high goals-against total.

Ex-Leeds star Lee Bowyer signed for you before the window shut, claiming he didn't want to move up north again and instead settled with his family over a dramatic return to Leeds. As a player I think he could play in the Premiership still, he did well for Birmingham last year, But what about for yourselves, has he played well?

He started slowly but was beginning to get towards the top of his game when he got injured. Like a lot of our experienced summer signings, we’re yet to see the best of him.

You signed Keith Andrews and he scored some good goals for you. We're apparently after him too, is he worth signing and would you welcome him back to Portman Road on a permanent deal?

I think we would but it looks like he’s going to go to Wigan. Premier League interest was always going to be the biggest obstacle stopping us from getting him on a permanent basis. Finding someone to replicate his nine goals from midfield isn't going to be an easy task.

Paul Jewell has come under some scrutiny this season, is it justified and is he the man to lead the club, considering many fancied you for the play-offs this year?

When a club goes on seven-game runs of defeats the manager’s always going to come in for some stick. Given the money spent, we should certainly be doing better. Home performances have been particularly poor for some while, not just under Jewell, so it’s no shock that there’s frustration amongst fans. The owner’s given him his backing and the club will benefit from a period of stability – as long as results show some signs of progress in the right direction.

Jewell will obviously send the team out to win, but how do you see yourselves lining up?

I reckon it will be the same as last week with Alex McCarthy in goal, Aaron Cresswell and Carlos Edwards the full-backs, Ibrahima Sonko and Tommy Smith the centre-halves, Andy Drury and Luke Hyam the central midfielders and Jay Emmanuel Thomas on the right and Josh Carson on the left of midfield. Lee Martin will play in behind lone striker Jason Scotland.

If you could pick out any player/s who will be a threat to Leeds on Saturday who would it be and why?

I reckon Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is due a goal which will either be a 45-yard keeper decapitator or a mazy dribble through innumerable defenders and a tap home.

Leeds have been average at best this year, but is there anyone you've seen in our team you would love to have at Ipswich?

A lot of Town fans were sad to see Andros Townsend go back to Tottenham early when he was here last year. Dangerous going forward but for me didn’t do enough defensively. Be interesting to see how he’s progressed over the year.

And finally prediction for the match?

We probably won’t keep a clean sheet. I reckon a tight-ish one. Maybe a 1-1 draw or 2-1 to us if we play like we did last week.

Big thanks to Phil for the answers...lets hope his prediction is wrong. My prediction is a 2-2 draw or a 2-1 win to Leeds, a guarantee will be Fabian Delph to pick up a yellow card.

Enjoy the game!

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