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Interview With An Away Fan: Ipswich Town

Thomas Hill caught up with Eirik Stangnes to get his thoughts on his Ipswich Town team before Saturday's 3pm game in the Championship.

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Last week's late win launched you into second...I'm guessing every fan is delighted with the start. Can you remain the automatic spots?

There are probably 10 teams that can have realistic hopes of making the top two at the moment. We are definitely one of those teams but I think a play off place is more realistic for us.

Mick McCarthy is a good honest Yorkshireman but is he the man to send you up?

His record speaks for itself so if anyone is going to take us to the Premiership, I can't see a better management team than Mick and Terry.

Noel Hunt recently joined you on loan from Leeds after a poor spell at Elland Road, can he succeed at Portman Road?

Despite scoring the winner in his debut, I see him more as an impact player than a regular starter. Murphy and McGoldrick will almost certainly start up front if fit. Then we got Paul Anderson, Connor Sammon, Stephen Hunt among others fighting for the other attacking midfield places

Which of your players do we need to look out for and why?

Full back Tyrone Mings, the only player in the squad that cost money (£10,000 from Chippenham Town), is the talk of the town this season. We turned down £3 bid from Crystal Palace in August, he won player of the month in September and now Arsenal and Chelsea are sniffing around with an alleged £10m bid in January.

What system will you be playing for the game?

I think it will be a 4-4-2 system but sometimes we play Conor Sammon as the 3rd striker.

If you could sign any Leeds player who would it be?

Really not sure but we may as well sign Noel Hunt.You know, his record speaks for itself, 1 goal in ever 15 min for Town so far!!!

What do you think our strengths and weaknesses are?

Not watched Leeds this season so I can't really comment on strength and weaknesses on the pitch but the never ending off field stuff at Leeds must be a disadvantage.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

I know it is a cliche but team spirit and togetherness are definitely a strength. Under the previous regimes (Keane and Jewell) we were a team of individuals but Mick and Terry have managed to assemble a proper team with no real stars. I am pretty sure MM never would have looked at the likes of Chopra, Bullard and Bowyer. Weaknesess: must be plenty but I can't think of any specific ones.

Three to get promoted, and three to go down?
Cardiff, Derby, Fulham (!) Up
Blackpool, Rotherham, Millwall down

First goalscorer today?

And the result?
2-0 to the Tractor Boys

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