Q&A With Ipswich Town

  • March 08, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Blair Ferguson, contributor to TWTD.co.uk, shares the Ipswich Town view on Bolton's demise, who he'd like to sign at Portman Road, as well as Neil Lennon's ability as manager.

Wanderers welcome the Tractor Boys to Macron Stadium on Tuesday, looking to end a run that has seen them fail to win any of the last seven meetings between the sides and move off the bottom of the Championship table in the process.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have got the views of Blair (@BlairFerguson4).

Q: Ipswich have struggled for consistency since the turn of the year, but go into the midweek clash on the back of successive 1-0 wins. With just one point separating Town and the play-off places, how do you see the rest of the season panning out?

A: There are four teams - including ourselves - battling for sixth, and it's going to come down to who finds some consistency.

We've only won four games in 2016, but if we can start adding to the previous ones then there's no reason why we can't finish in the play-offs again.

We have an important couple of games against Bolton, where we need a win to keep the pace, and then against Cardiff City, a match that could see us open a gap on one of our play-off rivals.

Q: Daryl Murphy has a history of scoring against Wanderers, but has struggled to match his form of last season - when he scored 27 times. Without a goal in six, and just eight to his name this campaign, are the 32-year-old's best days starting to become a thing of the past?

A: I think it's worth mentioning that before last season Murphy hadn't exactly earned a reputation as a consistent goal scorer. He has struggled to find the back of the net this season, but teams have had a chance to figure him - and us as a team - out.

We don't play an exciting brand of attacking football and often resort to the long ball, which either works or it doesn't in terms of it being both plan A and B. We haven't scored a lot of goals this season because we haven't created that many chances.

Brett Pitman (9) and Freddie Sears (6) are our next highest scorers beside Murphy's eight, so I think it's a team problem that's been polorised in Murphy's case because he scored so many last season.

Q: Barring a miracle sequence of results, Bolton will be playing League One football next season for the first time since 1993. What do you make of the club's current plight and would you like to take a gamble on any of our players should we drop into the third tier?

A: Sadly, Bolton's current plight isn't a usual thing in football. Sometimes clubs who have difficulties drop down and then come back even stronger after a period of consolidation, and with a takeover looking imminent at the time of writing things could soon be looking up for Bolton.

Unless any of your players are out of contract I don't think we’ll be interested! We tend to stick to a strict free transfer or non-league diamond policy.

All kidding aside, Zach Clough looks to be a decent young player with the potential to score goals, but I think we are in need of a proven goalscorer, which is unlikely to happen given the lack of investment in the team.

Q: Earlier in the season, you were of the opinion that Wanderers were underperforming and Neil Lennon would be fortunate to remain in his job beyond Christmas. Four months on, what are your thoughts on the Trotters boss. Can he use the financial situation as a valid excuse, or should we be capable of retaining Championship status regardless?

A: I think the financial situation has been a big factor. Footballers, although well paid individuals, are people with a mortgage and bills when it comes down to it, and if that worry effects their concentration then it's reasonable to think it can impact their performance.

However, the manager is there to manage the situation and that's what Lennon has to deal with. Bolton don't have a bad squad of players but they haven't performed throughout the entire campaign which will see them in League One next season.

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

A: I fancy us to come away with a win, probably another 1-0.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Blair for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more from him on Twitter - @BlairFerguson4.

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