Q&A With Ipswich Town

  • December 12, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Ahead of the 38th meeting between Bolton and Ipswich Town, we have got the views of a Tractor Boys supporter.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a goalless draw at Reading last Saturday, while Ipswich were 4-1 winners over Leeds United on the same afternoon.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have got the views of Blair Ferguson (@BlairFerguson4) - an Ipswich supporter of 17 years, who covers the progress of their U21 side for the official website, as well as being a writer for a number of outlets including TWTD.co.uk.

Ahead of Saturday's game, Blair shares his views on Town's promotion chances under Mick McCarthy, Bolton's hopes of success under Neil Lennon, as well as the prospect of witnessing Eidur Gudjohnsen's second debut in a Wanderers shirt.

Q: Mick McCarthy's rebuilding job at Portman Road has gone up a gear this season, with Ipswich going into the weekend in the automatic promotion places. With almost half the campaign complete, are your sights set on playing Premier League football next term?

A:So far, Mick McCarthy has taken a team costing £10,000 into 2nd-place - with Daryl Murphy being the league's top goalscorer going into this weekend's game. If you had said that to me at the start of the season, I'd have been dubious to say the least!

I'm always fairly optimistic at the worst of times, that comes from being Scottish and supporting Scotland, so whilst the sights are 100 per cent set just yet, it gets very close.

Q: Speaking of rebuilding, Neil Lennon was appointed as the successor to Dougie Freedman in October. Bolton have won all four home games since his arrival - how do you see Wanderers performing in the second half of the season?

A: If they keep their home form going and keep picking up points on the road, then they can certainly move up the table.

At this stage, 10 points isn't a massive gap from 6th. Maybe that should be the target - after all, don't we all check the league and look how far off 6th place we are?

Q: Daryl Murphy currently tops the Championship's goalscoring charts - with 13 goals to his name. Is he the obvious threat to Bolton, or does somebody else take that role?

A: Daryl Murphy has been exceptional this season, already equaling last season's goal tally, and looking like Ipswich could finally have a striker who gets 20 goals.

David McGoldrick will be another threat that will need close attention, whilst we tend to get a few from set-pieces as well.

Q: Eidur Gudjohnsen is likely to play his first Bolton game in 14 years at the weekend. What sort of impact, if any, do you see him having at Macron Stadium?

A: Personally, I enjoy the signing of a former Premier League star. Ipswich have had Ivan Campo, Sylvain Legwinski and, of course, Jimmy Bullard!

His impact will depend on his physical fitness and determination; the Championship isn't really a place for a player at the end of his career who fancies a kick about.

But if he's still got his goalscoring touch, then there's no reason why he can't help Bolton up the table.

Q: Gudjohnsen aside, which Wanderers player do you see causing the most problems to Town's chances of picking up a result?

A: Craig Davies and Lee Chung-Young have both been in a bit of form recently and could be match winners.

Obviously the former is missing the game with a hamstring injury, which is good news if you are a Town fan.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction ahead of Saturday's game?

A: I find it hard to look past Ipswich, when taking their momentum and form into account.

I'd expect a tough game with some goals for both sides, but fancy Ipswich to walk away with the points and a 2-1 win.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Simon for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @BlairFerguson4.

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