Roberts: Something to Build On
Monday, 5th Nov 2018 06:00
Full debutant Jordan Roberts admitted that he and his team-mates were disappointed not to claim all three points from Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Preston but believed the performance in new manager Paul Lambert’s first game in charge has given the Blues something to build on.
“There was a bit of disappointment in the changing room after the game but that’s something for us to build on going forward,” the 24-year-old said.
“We’ve set the bar high now with our intensity, our training and how we play so there’s no reason we should dip below that.
“If everyone goes out there and gives their all then we have a lot of people with points to prove. We go out there and give our all and if we keep doing that then points will come.
“That point could be massive come the new year so we'll take that, it build on it and go to Reading for a massive game next weekend.”
Roberts was a surprise inclusion as a central striker having made only two sub appearances since signing on a free transfer in the summer after turning down a contract at his former club Crawley.
“I think I worked hard and made an impact on the game and was able to leave everything out there.
“I’ve been working hard, staying fit and doing what I can so when you get an opportunity to go out there you have to take it with both hands.
“I was exhausted when I came off the pitch but the manager asked me to leave everything out there and that’s what I did.”
Roberts has primarily been regarded as a winger during his career but played down the middle for the Blues in pre-season and has also occupied that role for the U23s.
“Me playing down the middle is something I don’t mind doing because I think I have the attributes to do that and bring something to the team.
“When called upon I have to go out there and do what I can. It’s all about adapting because you might play out of position sometimes but you need to put in a shift wherever you’re asked to play for the team.
“I’m happy to play anywhere on the pitch but you have to be able to make an impact, which I thought I did.
“I enjoy playing down the middle and hopefully I can start adding some goals to the team. It allows me to show a different side to my game, holding the ball up, and I enjoy it.
“We do have to start scoring goals. We work on different things in training and I’m sure it will come. Hopefully we can start scoring some goals and move up the table.”
Regarding the slow start to his time at Town, he said: “It’s been a bit frustrating, not being involved as much as I’d like to be, but when you get your opportunity you have to take it. I’m looking to build on that now.
“The fans haven’t seen too much of me and I was out there to prove a point and try to stamp my authority on the game.
“I have full belief in myself to bring something extra to the team and hopefully I have done enough to keep my place.”
"The manager told me to go on the pitch and make an impact, so it was an incredible 20 minutes or so,” Gallagher reflected.
“My first touch was as a goalscorer and the second was as a goalkeeper. I have never done that before.
“I said to the manager I will go in goal. He told me he was going to speak to Louis [Moult] so I said to him if you don’t want to go in I will. I used to play in goal as a kid at Blackburn academy so that held me in good stead.
“I also used to play on a Sunday morning for Blackburn Eagles and the keeper went missing for a couple of months so I went in and loved it.”
He says his side needed to take at least a point from the match: “The most important was we got something from the game. Ipswich came out the blocks quite quick with a new manager.
“We were disappointed to give the goal away, then in the second half the crowd were right behind them and they put us under a lot of pressure.
“But towards the end of the game I felt we were on top and could have got something more from the game.”
Gallagher explained how his goal came about: “It was a bit cat and mouse with the keeper for the freekick. I wanted to go that side, that’s where I scored against Aston Villa, and I did have a quick word with Paul Huntington to push into the wall and leave a gap, luckily it went into the top corner.”
Regarding red-carded keeper Maxwell, the Glasgow-born schemer added: “Max plays like that as a sweeper-keeper but I said to him about the amount of times he has saved us.
“I felt confident about going in goal, while Louis did a great job slotting into midfield.
"I was buzzing in goal and wanted the game to go on longer because I was enjoying it and felt the longer the game went on we could have won.
"I made a save at Newcastle but didn’t have the gloves on then and got sent off.
“It was Roy of The Rovers stuff, coming off the bench and scoring with my first touch then taking a goalkick with my next.”
Gallagher was pleased his side, seventh in the Championship last season, were able to maintain their recent return to form: “We are six unbeaten and that breeds confidence.”
The 34-year-old was with Leicester City between 2009 and 2015 and dedicated his goal to Foxes chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was among those who died in last week’s helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium.
“It was devastating news,” he said. “All of football came together united as he was a fantastic man.
“He did a lot for my family and donated to a charity close to my heart so when I scored I pointed to the sky and dedicated my goal to him. The things he did for Leicester and around the city will never be forgotten.”
Meanwhile, Town's top-of-the-table U23s are in action against Cardiff City at Portman Road this afternoon (KO 1pm).
Entry to the Cobbold Stand only is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions, while season ticket holders and members will be admitted free.
The Blues' U18s were beaten 3-1 by Millwall at their Calmont Road training ground on Saturday morning.
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