Q&A With Ipswich Town

Blair Ferguson, editor of TWTD.co.uk, answers our questions ahead of the 39th meeting between Ipswich Town and Bolton at Portman Road.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 2-0 victory over Millwall on Saturday, while Town were beaten 4-1 at Middlesbrough on the same afternoon.

In our latest edition of Q&A, Blair (@BlairFerguson4) answers our questions on Mick McCarthy's managerial credentials at Premier League level, the possibility of an Ipswich v Norwich play-off final, as well as why Eidur Gudjohnsen is still the man to look out for on the Bolton teamsheet.

Q: Mick McCarthy has had a lot of negative press about his ability to manage in the top-flight. Would Ipswich fans be bothered about that, if you went up?

A: It is definitely something that needs to be considered but you'd like to think he has learnt from his previous spells in the Premier League and would be better prepared.

Obviously his record isn't the best but I'm of the opinion that if he gets us there he deserves a fair go at keeping us there.

Q: With Town currently placed in 7th, which team looks the most vulnerable in the play-off places?

A: To be honest, I think we are the team that is looking the most likely to miss out on current performances.

Derby County have had a bit of a wobble recently but we need to be looking at Brentford in sixth as a realistic target.

Given that it's so tight, things can change quickly and we need to be winning games to put the pressure on the teams above us.

Q: How intense would an Ipswich vs Norwich play-off final be?

A: A play-off final is a tense occasion anyway, so to add that factor into the mix would make it very intense and almost more than a play-off final. It would certainly compound the misery for whoever lost!

It would be almost unbearable. Our record against Norwich hasn't been great to say the least in recent times and I think that would go against us.

Q: What has happened at Ipswich to make you a better team?

A: Having a cohesive and hard-working team with a strong team spirit has contributed a lot.

Daryl Murphy has also been a major factor because without his goals we wouldn't be anywhere near the position we are now.

We don't play with a lot of flair but got the results earlier in the season and winning breeds confidence - something that we are lacking a touch now, after a difficult 2015.

Q: Who is the man to watch out for in the Ipswich line-up?

A: Daryl Murphy is certainly one to look out for, given his goal scoring record. Although it has faltered of late.

Freddie Sears has started to show his quality and can be a threat with his pace, but does tend to struggle when it comes to winning headers.

Considering our direct approach, that does tend to be a problem but, as previously mentioned, we don't tend to play with flair so the front two have to stand out for us to win games.

Q: Is there anyone who plays for Bolton that your fans would worry about?

A: Eidur Gudjohnsen is a player to worry about because he has that bit of quality that can make a difference.

Adam Le Fondre has also hit a bit of form recently and an in-form striker is something that needs to be worried about.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Tuesday's game?

A: We haven't been playing well recently so it's going to be a very difficult game for us.

Our defence have been out of sorts recently so if we are to win I think we'll need two goals and, for that reason, I'm going with a somewhat optimistic 2-1 Ipswich win.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Blair for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more from him on Twitter - @BlairFerguson4 or @twtduk - or by visiting TWTD.co.uk.

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