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22 February 2022

The thoughts of Town's CEO ahead of tonight's game

Good evening and welcome to tonight’s League One fixture against Cheltenham Town at Portman Road. As ever, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to the supporters, players, staff and directors who have made the journey from Gloucestershire to Suffolk.

This evening is our penultimate match in what has been a very positive February on the pitch. Four games, three wins and one draw so far this month – and of course we’ll be looking to carry that on tonight against Cheltenham. It’s been a very encouraging few weeks but we cannot get carried away. As Kieran has said multiple times, we will take each game as it comes and then see where that takes us over the next few months. One day and one game at a time, we will keep building this football club.

As you may have seen, I dedicated my programme notes for Saturday’s win over Burton to the previous weekend’s match, when just under 7,000 of you made the trip to MK Dons. I just wanted to show my appreciation for what was an outstanding backing – and the biggest in the EFL this season. The picture of the away end at Stadium MK, packed with a sea of blue, said more about the potential and size of this Club than anything I could write. On top of that, we have had a gate of over 20,000 for the last five home games. The last time this happened was back in 2015. Momentum is building in the stands as well as on the pitch – and your support really can, and does, make the difference.

While the focus is very much on the pitch, the hard work has not stopped off of it. I think we can all agree that a lot has changed at the Club in a relatively short space of time. We’ve barely scratched the surface of what we want to achieve, though, so that hard work will continue for the foreseeable future. I will continue to keep you updated with important announcements and information regarding off-the-pitch matters.

Back to tonight’s game and what I’m sure will be another entertaining encounter. Cheltenham were involved in a crazy 5-5 draw at Wycombe on Saturday – so they certainly know where the back of the net is. Of course, they also beat us when we travelled to Jonny-Rocks Stadium back in August, so we know how dangerous they can be as an opponent. The focus, as ever, will be very much on ourselves though.

Get behind the boys this evening and let’s continue this good run of form with another three points at Portman Road. Thank you for your unwavering support, both home and away.

Enjoy the game,

Mark Ashton.

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