Drury: Strength of Bench Keeping Me on My Toes Wednesday, 22nd Feb 2012 09:11
Andy Drury believes the strength of the Ipswich substitutes’ bench is keeping him on his toes.
Drury, 28, accepts he will only continue to hold down a regular place in Paul Jewell’s starting line-up if he can maintain the consistency he has shown during his current eight-game run in the side.
He said: “I got my chance because of injuries and that was a stroke of luck on my part. But now that players are fit again I can honestly say that I am in the side on merit.
“However, when I look around sometimes and see the calibre of player I am keeping out – guys like Jimmy Bullard and Grant Leadbitter – I know I have to keep producing a good standard of performance.
“I always felt that I would be good enough for this level and it is nice to have been given the opportunity to prove it.”
Drury, who cost £150,000 from Luton in January last year, made over 350 appearances for them and other non-league clubs Stevenage, Lewes, Gravesend & Northfleet and Sittingbourne before being handed his big chance at Portman Road.
Not surprisingly, he is enjoying his football at the moment as Town continue to climb away from what had looked like developing into a relegation battle until four successive victories propelled them towards safety.
He added: “When I came back from my loan spell at Crawley around Christmas time it wasn’t looking brilliant for me here.
“But I’m not the only one. Luke Hyam has also come into the side and we seem to complement each other well in midfield. Hopefully it will continue to be the case.
“Right now, every single player is doing well. You could go through the whole team and there isn’t anyone who doesn’t deserve to be in there.
“We are all up for it and we like to prove to the management and the fans that we are worthy of our places.
“We have done really well to pull away from the bottom of the table and we have developed a winning mentality, which is what you need if you are going to be successful.
“The play-offs are being mentioned and the way we are playing at the moment I wouldn’t rule it out, although a lot of teams are fighting for the same thing.
“All the games in the Championship are a battle. Nobody gives you three easy points but at the moment we don’t fear anyone.”
I was glad to see AD given his chance, he has certainly proved that his time at Crawley wasn't wasted and you can now see why they wanted to buy him. He is definately part of our engine room for the future.
and this is exactly why our team is working at the moment players like Drury are not pre-madonnas and appreciate they are lucky to be playing football at such a high level. Added to that players like Martin who when he joined thought he was better than anybody but after spells out of the team realises he has to show his worth to retain his place and you have a winning formula. The early part of the season we had some great players, but those players thought town were lucky to have them and not the other way around
Well done Andy,glad to see you have finally been given your chance and are taking it with both hands. You are in the side on merit atm but don't think you have to worry to much about Leadboots replacing you in the team.
Great comments from Andy showing that there’s no complacency being shown in the Town team at the moment. There also seems to be a togetherness and team spirit as the players are always commenting on how well the whole team is performing.
I think that every time Drury has pulled on a Town shirt he’s shown passion and commitment which is all I ask from a player. When given his chance to get a run of games in the side though he’s shown real class and I’ll be happy to see him in the first XI for a long time to come.
Another example of how inefficient the scouting networks are across the country and how many players 'slip through the net' so to speak only to be spotted in the lower leagues a bit later in their careers. Obviously some players develop at a slower rate too
Have really taken to Drury ever since his debut. Always gives 100% and looks a very good player. Maybe he now realises he deserves his opportunity to be a regular at this level and I for one am glad he is taking that opportunity. Keep up the good work !!
I'm currently in Paris for this year and, having spoken to some of the local team supporters, you would honestly have the justified belief that, should a team like Ipswich ask to loan a few players from 'Ligue 1' which can't make the first team (Ligue 1 which is probably equivalent in terms of quality to a league which you would find between the Premiership and the Championship), they would almost certainly jump at the chance in order to, thus, settle in the U.K. at a later stage. PSG have a fantastic team of about 35 players, but even teams such as Montpellier, Lille etc...some of these players would be jumping at the chance of playing in the UK and, thereby, obtaining experience. Just a thought...
Andy Drury - you are fast becoming a flippin legend! Your attitude since you have been given a chance in the starting line up, is second to none. An excellent example to all at the club. Thank goodness your form has come exactly when we needed it.
I think you are one of 4 players who will form the nucleus of our team for the next few years to come.
Top bloke with a good attitude - wants to play so goes out on loan. Comes back and from moment he played (forest) looked one of the few with fire in his belly and a bit of quality to boot. I also hear from an Ayr fan that Stevenson is similar so nice to have options. Sign up Carson, Drury and Hyam on decent contracts and get some ball playing defenders (foreign?) in along with Richie (Swindon) and Rhodes and job done.....possibly!
Has been a revelation in recent weeks and glad to see him and Hyam running the midfield. Hopefully he can keep this level up and can be the mainstay of our midfield for the next 4-5 years. No coincedence that we are performing so well now him and Hyam are in the side and Andrews (yes he scored goals, but apart from that he's there alongside Grant Leadbitter, George O'Callaghan and Tony Dinning for the 'worst Town midfielder in history' award) has gone and Leadboots not playing,both constantly giving the ball away cheaply.
im still not expecting playoffs this year, if we do thats great and we all deserve it but i have to say next season is looking promising, i love the way we are playing at the moment, only missed 3 away games this season and i have to say theres a massive difference and we have improved so much, hope we can get stronger and stronger and really go for the premiership next season