Q&A With Ipswich Town

  • January 19, 2018 | By Gabe John
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Bolton's best chance of victory over Ipswich Town on Saturday rests on the performance of the Tractor Boys, and not the ability of their own players.

Those are the views of Town supporter Blair Ferguson (@BlairFerguson4), who spoke to us ahead of their Sky Bet Championship trip to Macron Stadium.

In the following Q&A interview, Blair shares his views on Ipswich's stuttering pursuit of a top-six finish, one-time Wanderers target Bersant Celina, as well as why the visitors should be extending their unbeaten run against the Trotters to 10 games.

Q: Ipswich will start the weekend sitting 12th in the Championship. Does your squad and league position look stronger than before Christmas, or has that busy period taken its toll on the Tractor Boys?

A: The Christmas period wasn't the best for us as we had to wait until January 13 for a win across five games, starting from December 23.

We are currently stuck in a cycle of getting within touching distance of sixth place before losing a few games and being back in the position of playing catch-up.

We've really struggled to string some wins together since the start of the season - when we won four in-a-row - so that's been a particular issue that has contributed to our current situation.

Q: The last meeting between the two sides resulted in a comfortable 2-0 victory for Ipswich at Portman Road. Four months on, what are you expecting from the game - will Town make it a one-sided affair or will Wanderers offer something different this time around?

A: It depends which Ipswich turns up, really.

If they can get their rhythm back and play the attacking football they were at the start of the season it should be a win, but that's been hit-and-miss of late so it's hard to say.

Q: Earlier in the season, we asked about Bersant Celina and whether Phil Parkinson had missed out on a hidden gem. How has he performed and is there evidence for Wanderers to be regretful in not picking up the Serbian?

A: He's found a place in the team across recent times and he's provided a few moments of magic.

His winner against Leeds was a flying 30-yard strike and that's what he's capable of, so he's certainly an asset.

He does have a tendency to drift in and out of games but he can afford to do that when he provides match-winning contributions.

Q: Looking ahead to Saturday, who would you pick out as Ipswich's biggest threat to Wanderers and, vice-versa, who do you view as the Trotters' biggest threat?

A: Celina would be high on the list of threats, but I'd say the combination of Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner would be higher.

Waghorn's set-piece deliveries have caused teams a lot of problems and are a real asset for us.

To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure who would be Bolton's biggest threat. I'd say that Ipswich failing to perform would be the biggest threat to an away victory.

Q: Finally, how do you see Saturday's game planning out - will Wanderers shock a few or will Ipswich take full points from both fixtures?

A: For Ipswich to win, they'd need to do something they haven't done since the end of November/beginning of December and that's win two games in-a-row.

I'd say this game is a good opportunity for them to do that but there's always a possibility it goes wrong.

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