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8 March 2022

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

Good evening and welcome to tonight’s game against Lincoln City. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Michael Appleton and his team, along with the fans and directors from LNER Stadium.

I’m sure this will be another challenging home fixture for us under the lights at Portman Road. Michael Appleton is a manager whom I know extremely well having worked with him at both West Bromwich Albion and Oxford United. I’m sure that his team will be well organised and, as ever, play an extremely attractive and attacking brand of football.

It has been a while since my last programme notes as we have been on the road for the last two games. Our last home match here against Cheltenham was again under the lights at Portman Road and ended in a very frustrating 0-0 draw. It was a similar story at Morecambe as it ended in another frustrating draw. I have to say, though, that in both games the performance of the team continued to be good, and we saw Kieran’s identity becoming more and more apparent in how he wants his team to play. Following a long journey to Fleetwood, I was delighted with our 2-0 victory on what proved to be a very challenging pitch – I think the players adapted extremely well to the circumstances and it was a well-deserved win which keeps us in contention for the play-off places.

As we now start to enter the run-in towards the end of the season, all is still to play for. Again, your support will be absolutely key in that. The travelling away support at both Morecambe and Fleetwood was absolutely fantastic. Tonight, we will see a crowd of circa 25,000 at Portman Road. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, there is so much we can achieve here but we can only achieve it together.

It would be remiss of me not to talk about the awful situation that has unfolded and continues to unfold in Ukraine. Words do not seem enough when we can clearly see what is happening to so many people in all areas of the country. At times of difficulty and times of tragedy, the football family stands together. Both teams and staff from Ipswich and Lincoln will show their love and concern with us wearing an all-blue strip and Lincoln playing in an all-yellow kit. The thoughts of everyone at Ipswich Town Football Club are with Ukraine and all of those who are suffering through the ongoing conflict.

Let’s get three points this evening and push towards a successful conclusion to the season.

Enjoy the game,

Mark Ashton 

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