Chief Executive Simon Clegg shares his matchday programme column
There is no doubt that last weekend’s result against Leicester City brought us all right back down to earth once again. The trip home for all of us who travelled to the Midlands was a time to reflect on the fight we have on our hands for the rest of this season.
There are however reasons to be positive. Following an impeccably-received minute’s silence to mark Remembrance Day, DJ Campbell’s last-minute winner against Burnley capped-off a wonderful afternoon here at Portman Road two weeks ago. Your support was fantastic and shows just how much noise can be made when we have something to celebrate. It was a fantastic result which added to our superb away win against Birmingham City the previous week.
The task now is to ensure that we replicate that form on a more regular basis. The players, together with the new management team under Mick’s leadership, are completely focused on providing more of these excellent results, which have enabled us to lift ourselves from the bottom of the Championship and provided us with a platform upon which to rise up the table.
In order to maintain this progress the continued excellent support of you, our loyal fans, is of vital importance. This brings me back to the Leicester match - our close on 1000 travelling fans were a credit to the Club; staying right to the bitter end and providing the players with great support in the most difficult of circumstances.
The team will need your continued support to help maintain our rise up the table. It is on this subject of fan support that I must congratulate you all regarding our latest position in a table we can all be truly proud of!
You may be aware that the latest Home Office statistics have revealed that only two arrests were made at Portman Road over the course of the entire 2011/12 season, giving us the best record in the Championship. Let’s ensure we retain our position at the top of this particular table.
Today marks Bradley Orr’s home debut for the Club. He arrives here with a great deal of both Championship and Premiership experience, and we are delighted that he chose to join us on loan from Blackburn. We also welcome fellow loanee Tyrone Barnett, who has joined us from today’s visitors Peterborough United and will therefore not feature in today’s game.
Let’s get right behind our boys and help them earn the three points we all crave.