Teams will change their game to combat us, says Ipswich Town defender
PUBLISHED: 09:10 30 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:10 30 December 2014
Defender Jonathan Parr has warned Blues fans they may have to be patient, as Ipswich Town go in search of another three points, at home to Charlton tonight.
In-form Town are second in the Championship with just one defeat in 19 games and have turned over top-six rivals Middlesbrough and Brentford in the last ten days.
In contrast, the Addicks have only won one of their last ten games but have drawn 13 of their 23 Championship matches this campaign, and have proved a tough nut to crack – Town won the reverse fixture 1-0 last month, thanks to a last-gasp Noel Hunt strike.
Town could extend the gap between themselves and seventh-placed Norwich to ten points with victory, but the Blues’ rich vein of form will have alerted their divisional rivals, according to Parr, who may make way for the fit-again Tyrone Mings for tonight’s clash.
“In the last month people will have started to look at us like genuine top-two contenders and that might see some teams play differently against us,” said the Norwegian.
“That could make it more difficult for us, but if we keep playing as we are we should continue picking up points and winning games.
“It will be tough against Charlton but we need the win to stay close to Bournemouth.”
Town, who also welcome back Luke Hyam into the squad, could close the gap on the Cherries to a single point with victory and also extend the gap between themselves and third position to four points should Derby fail to beat Leeds at home.
“I want to be in those top-two positions rather than trying to catch up,” added Parr.
“We have put ourselves in a great position and need to keep going.”
Meanwhile, defender Sean St Ledger has left the club without playing a game, having joined the Blues as a free agent in November.
Mick McCarthy, who has teenage defender Matthew Clarke as back-up, confirmed he would like to extend the short-term deal of experienced winger Darren Ambrose.