'You go games without winning and with the flip of a coin it happens' - Nsiala sure Town can turn things around
PUBLISHED: 06:00 25 September 2018
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Toto Nsiala is convinced Ipswich Town's luck will soon change with the big defender hopeful an elusive first victory will spark their season into life.
The 26-year-old returned to the starting line-up for Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Bolton after serving a three-match ban for his harsh dismissal at Sheffield Wednesday, but he couldn’t help the Blues record their first win under manager Paul Hurst.
Nsiala, who worked under Hurst at both Grimsby and Shrewsbury, believes securing a victory, by any means necessary, will do the team the world of good and kickstart a campaign which currently sees them sit second bottom after nine league games.
“Things are just not going our way with luck and red cards and chances, but it’s going to turn around,” he said.
“You go games without winning and then with the flip of a coin it starts happening for you and we’re hoping that if we keep working, we keep together with the staff, the gaffer and everyone it’ll come our way soon. We’ve just got to keep going and keep believing.
“That’s exactly what’s needed at the moment - a win. It doesn’t matter how it comes, just a win to get the boys going. We’re definitely in need of one.
“It’s going to come, we’ve just got to stick together and keep going but the positives are that we’ve had a clean sheet (against Bolton), which we haven’t had all season.
“We can’t then go back to trying to hoof the ball and not play football, we’ve got to still try and get out from the goalkicks and play football and take chances, that’s the only way we’re going to win games.”
This season has seen Nsiala step up to Championship level for the first time, with his start to life in the second tier halted following an extremely harsh red card at Hillsborough, where he appeared to get the ball well before coming into contact with Owls striker Fernando Forestieri.
“It’s been hard sitting out for that many weeks and I’m just glad to be back out there and helping the lads out. It was hard watching them from the stands,” he admitted.
“Every league that I’ve stepped up I’ve had to be fitter, that’s one of the biggest things, although I’ve lost a bit of fitness in the couple of weeks.
“Teams are a lot fitter and move quicker and the ball gets moved quicker, so it has been a big step.”