Paul's view ahead of Rams visit to Portman Road
Welcome back to Portman Road for tonight’s game against Derby, a club I obviously know well from my time there.
There are many similarities between us and Derby. Two great clubs, rich in tradition and history. Both have terrific facilities and enjoy strong fanbases. Both have also been out of the limelight for while now though and along with 15 or 16 other clubs in this division, want a return to the Premier League. That’s what makes the Championship so competitive.
Our opponents last Saturday, Hull are one of those clubs and I couldn’t have any argument that they deserved the three points against us at the KC Stadium.
It was another late goal that cost us and I think that’s 12 points we have dropped lately from winning positions. We took the lead with our only shot on target in the first-half and DJ [Campbell] had a great chance to make it two but we just can’t seem to get that second goal at the moment.
That has cost us dear. While I can argue that we deserved to beat Cardiff and Brighton but didn’t I was very disappointed with our performance at Hull and that was reflected in my comments to the media after the game.
It’s never easy to do interviews 15 minutes or so after you have just lost a game in the 90th minute and things get said in the heat of the moment sometimes. I knew my comments about thinking about my future would make the headlines. I meant them because I was so disappointed with the performance and let’s have it right, our results have not been good enough.
I spoke to the owner [Marcus Evans] on Sunday and we had an open and frank discussion, as we have always done. He gave me his 100 per cent backing, as he has always done. I couldn’t really ask for any more support than what I have received from Marcus.
I had phone calls and text messages of support from the players here, other managers – some that I know well, some that I don’t know well. I also had calls from former players here, some of whom I have even let go!
That support has come from some of the fans as well and it’s nice when you get that backing when you are on the floor. Of course I’d love to have all the fans behind me but the results have not been good enough for that, or anywhere near good enough to be honest. That criticism comes with the terrority of being a football manager.
We have not been able to get any real momentum in the time I have been here and that’s probably been the case at the Football Club for a few years.
Just when I think we are moving forward – say after a good performance against Blackburn at the start of the season and then a really good win and display at Watford a few days later, we let ourselves down. I do believe we are in a false position in the table though and I will continue to give my all – as I have always done – for Ipswich Town but I know results have to turn around. That has to happen very quickly as well.
Hopefully we can begin that tonight because the most important thing is the three points at stake. We should have an almost full squad with the exception of Paul Taylor and Elliott Hewitt to choose from.
We have obviously added a number of loan players to the squad over recent weeks. That’s not an ideal situation at all but a lot of the players we have brought here on loan were targets in the summer.
For one reason or another, we could not get them here before the transfer window closed so we had no alternative but to go down the loan route.
We have got some good youngsters here but sometimes you have to take them out of the firing line and turn to your experienced players. Lads like Richie Wellens, DJ Campbell and Nigel Reo-Coker will give us that but they will also give us a lot of quality.
Finally, I’d like to welcome Nigel Clough, his staff and the Derby players to Portman Road tonight.