Fabian Wilnis: Team spirit can see Ipswich Town to success
PUBLISHED: 14:06 28 April 2015 | UPDATED: 14:06 28 April 2015
Former Ipswich Town favourite Fabian Wilnis believes the Blues’ team spirit can trump their promotion rivals’ superior ability in the race for the Premier League.
Fifth-placed Blues require a point from a tough-looking trip to Blackburn Rovers, on Saturday, to guarantee their play-off spot.
Derby, a point behind the Blues in sixth, host Reading, while Brentford, in seventh, entertain Wigan, who will be relegated if Rotherham defeat Reading tonight.
Brentford are three points behind Town and have an inferior (three goals) goal difference.
Wilnis, part of Town’s play-off campaigns in 2004 and 2005, is desperate to see the Blues return to the top flight and is confident Ipswich’s camaraderie will play a big part in any success,
“Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor have done really well with the squad they have,” said Wilnis, who watched the Blues defeat Nottingham Forest 2-1, at Portman Road, on Saturday.
“I thought Forest were the better side in the second half and were better with the ball on the deck, passing it around really smoothly, so I was very pleased Town got the result.
“With all due respect, there are better sides than Ipswich in the division, but we make a better team.
“You can have an individual that can win you two or three games over the course of a season, but Ipswich have an excellent team spirit which is crucial.
“For instance, Mick has rotated his midfield at times this season and everyone has played their part.”
Wilnis was part of the Town teams that drew their final games of the 2004 and 2005 seasons, at home to Cardiff and at Brighton, respectively.
The Brighton draw saw Town miss out on automatic promotion to Wigan and the Blues went on to lose in the play-off semi-finals to West Ham for a second consecutive season.
Nerves are likely to be jangling but Wilnis, who would like to see an all-East Anglian play-off final, insists Town must be positive.
“I wouldn’t play for the draw,” said the Dutchman.
“At the same time, it’s vital Town don’t roam forward in big numbers.
“They must be controlled and the priority is to keep a clean sheet.”
As of 4pm yesterday, Town had sold 1,877 tickets for Saturday’s clash and 315 were remaining.
Blackburn will announce today if tickets will be made available to buy on the day.