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17 Oct 2011 22:47:00

The Opposition View: Ipswich Town

Phil Boor answers the questions I put to him ahead of tomorrow's match.

Are you happy with how the season has gone so far?

Not particularly. We were terrible to start with and although things have turned round lately I still don't think we're where we should given the players and resources Jewell has at his disposal. What do you make of the job Paul Jewell has done since he became Ipswich manager?

Despite what I said above, I think that on the whole he's doing a pretty decent job. He steadied the ship for the second half of last season and although we've haven't pushed on as much as I expected this season, I think we're going in the right direction. Were you disappointed when David Norris decided to leave Portman Road for Pompey?

Yes. I would say that he was one of our most important players over the last couple of years and it's always disappointing to see your best players leave. Especially in this case as, with no disrespect to Portsmouth, it was a bit of a sideways move. Ibrahima Sonko wasn't the most popular player down at Fratton Park. How have the Tractor Boys taken to him?

He appears to have made a big impact on shoring up our leaky defence, so I've certainly not got any complaints about what he's doing on the pitch. Who are the key players in this current Ipswich team?

That's a good question. I would say Stockdale, Bullard and Andrews have all made an impact since joining, but I'm not sure we have any really key players. What are the biggest weaknesses in the side?

I'm still not wholly convinced by the defence, but our most glaring weakness is out wide. We've got a lack of wide midfielders and rely a lot on the fullbacks to provide width. Pompey have a good recent record at Portman Road but how confident are you of getting a result tomorrow?

We're in good form, unbeaten in five, so fairly confident of at least a draw. Predict the outcome of the game.

Ipswich 2-1 Portsmouth.


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