"Nearly 30,000 fans coming out is unbelievable but we’ve got to put on a performance"
John McGreal has encouraged the players to embrace the occasion of over 28,500 supporters backing the Blues at Portman Road tomorrow.
In what is the first of three festive fixtures incorporated into the #PackOutPR campaign, a bumper crowd will be in attendance to watch Town take on Sunderland this weekend.
Sales for the other two #PackOutPR games against Wycombe (Wednesday, 29 December) and Lincoln (Saturday, 1 January) also continue to exceed usual demand.
"They've got to embrace it," Town's interim manager told iFollow Ipswich. "It’s a big crowd and a big game with the new manager watching on. There’s going to be expectancy levels from the new gaffer and the crowd.
"The expectancy is there but they’ll be right behind you. When the fans see hard work and applying yourselves well on the pitch, they will applaud you and they’ll be with you.
"The position that we’re at in the league and the inconsistency of the season; we’re still getting nearly 30,000 for a home game just before Christmas. I commend the fans all day long because they stick with you."
Town come into the game off the back of a disappointing Wednesday evening in Barrow as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by their League Two hosts.
"There’s no better way to move on from a disappointment than to go straight into another game," John continued.
"It’s a great occasion with a big crowd coming in but, also, there’s a job to do. We’ve got to be professional and try to get the win against a Sunderland team who are performing to a really high level at the moment.
"We want to continue from where we were at Wigan in the League. Nearly 30,000 fans coming out is unbelievable but we’ve got to put on a performance. There’s three points to be won.
"The guys have performed well in training but, again, the proof will be in the pudding."
The full interview with John is available on iFollow Ipswich.