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Bree: If Town Go Down They Will Come Straight Back Up
Monday, 18th Mar 2019 06:00

Blues loanee James Bree believes Town will return to the Championship at the first attempt if they are relegated to League One, as now appears almost certain. The Blues remain 13 points plus goal difference from safety following Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Nottingham Forest with only eight matches left to play.

“We have shown in the past few games how we can hold our own against any team in the Championship,” the on-loan Aston Villa man said.

“We just need to turn those draws into wins and if they do go down they will come straight back up.”

Saturday’s 1-1 was the sixth of Town’s last seven matches to have ended in that scoreline with the Blues again deserving more than just the single point.

“We are disappointed in the changing rooms that we didn’t come away with all three points,” he continued.

“Even though we got a good draw against a good team it was disappointing with the performance we put in today that we didn’t get the points. We were unlucky at times and didn’t take our chances in and around the box.”
He added: “We have had quite a few 1-1 draws and we just can't seem to get over the hump and turn those draws into wins, but I’m sure that will come.”

Town haven’t kept a clean sheet since Bree, 21, joined on a half-season loan from Villa in January, which he admits needs to change.

“It is frustrating that we cannot kept clean sheets,” the right-back said. “The goals we have had scored against us have not exactly been quality either, especially like the one today which was just bundled into the net.”

Bree, who played a role in Collin Quaner’s fifth-minute opening goal for Town, didn’t put too much blame on referee Keith Stroud’s performance for the Blues not claiming all three points, despite having been denied what looked an obvious penalty and a Jon Nolan strike having been chalked off.

“No, it is easy to blame the ref, and he made a couple of decisions didn't go our way but we had chances to win and we didn't take them. We have to do this ourselves,” he said.

“I put a couple of decent balls in to the right areas and you hope someone will get on the end of them.

“As a youngster I loved getting forward and now I’m getting fitter I can get up and down the pitch more.”

Bree, yet to be on a winning Town side in his eight appearances for the Blues, says he’s learning a lot from his time at Portman Road.

“For me it is about getting games, gaining experience, especially here at this moment with the situation we are in when we must win every single week. There are eight games left and we have to win every one of them.

“I have not been in this sort of situation before so it is about learning for me. The biggest lesson is having that extra bit of resilience.

“At Villa, even though I wasn’t playing all the time, you take things for granted like the facilities there, the people there, like John Terry. Being here is more like being at Barnsley where you just get on with it.”
Bree admits he can see why he might be left out of the team once relegation is confirmed so players, particularly young players, who will be here next season can gain some experience.

“Obviously I would like to play every game but with the situation we are in you can understand why the gaffer will do that,” he said.

“It is about refreshing the team and while we need to go out and get results they do need to plan for next season.”
Forest’s Matty Cash was disappointed that ex-Blues striker Daryl Murphy’s goal just before half-time was wrongly ruled out.

“We played well in patches but we were unlucky and the ref cost us with a couple of decisions. Murphy’s goal for example was not offside,” he said.
“We have to regroup and move on to the next game against Swansea. It is a frustrating time for us because we are still just three points off the play-offs and so we want to get as many points as we can – that’s normal.”
He added: “We watched the incident played back and it was definitely onside. That could have been the break which would have given us the three points.

“Daryl is a goalscorer and is one off his 100 [in league football since leaving Ireland] so he is fuming, but it is one of those things and we all move on. Perhaps next game he will do another one like that and it will be a match-winner.”

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Sir_Bob added 06:16 - Mar 18
Only if we sign a goalscorer. If we don't, it'll continue to be a struggle.

At least we haven't got three decent strikers we can get rid of this close season.

pennblue added 07:12 - Mar 18
Lol, "being here is like being at Barnsley" !! He was doing so well until that point!

Seems like a good lad, with right attitude. Sign him up

ronnyblue added 08:25 - Mar 18
All the sides being relegated think that they will bounce straight back, unfortunately that does not normally happen. Until we sign players to provide the goals once supplied by waghorn and garner all thoughts of bounce back can be forgotten. Our current crop of strikers appear unable to supply the necessary goals and with the leaky defence it is a lot heavier need for them to supply them.

runningout added 08:28 - Mar 18
Like James optimism. Hope naivety doesn’t get us in more poo

MickMillsTash added 08:37 - Mar 18
At 21 I guess he is an authority on Div 1
I think hard work, hard work, organisation and a striker will give us a chance but if we go into next season thinking that we are better than the other teams then we will fail. Flynn Downes 'I'm a Championship player so must be better than you 'attitude at Accrington was an example to learn from.


Radlett_blue added 08:53 - Mar 18
"being at Town is more like being at Barnsley".
Sad but true, but Bree won't be at Town next season so please start playing Emmanuel.

Len_Brennan added 09:46 - Mar 18
ronnyblue is right in saying that (nearly) all relegated teams expect to bounce back straight away; but I do think we have certain elements in our favour to achieve it.
We know who our manager will be & how we are going to play; also he is already in place & is working on the squad for next season now. Many relegated sides go down in turmoil, with uncertainty as to their future direction taking up a lot of the summer; the calamity of our season just gone means that we have already gone through that & are (apparently) out the other side.
We also have to look at our form over the last few weeks. Yes we are going down & we may even finish bottom, although I suspect we'll catch Bolton, but we are far from being the worst team in the Championship at the moment - yes of course we deserve to be where we are over the course of the season, but my point relates to how good we are going into next season. There's a confidence about the side that you rarely get from one that is going down, there's a belief about us that will stand us in good stead in getting off to a good start & the majority of the supporters are getting behind the team still. So many clubs coming down are so bereft of confidence, belief & even will to succeed after a season of losing, that it can hamper them again the following season, even in a league where that have far superior quality players - I don't see that happening us at all next season under Lambert.
Now of course this will all change if the owner sanctions mass sales & provides nothing for transfers in, but I don't see that happening, even with our notoriously tight owner. We have some really decent footballers in our squad, particularly the young players, & relegation always brings out the vultures - we ourselves have picked over the carcasses of relegated sides plenty of times - but we must ensure that Lambert gets to hold on to the talent he sees as being important to Ipswich Town, not just next season, but also when we get back to the Championship & make a push back for Premier League football.

ArnieM added 10:45 - Mar 18
Barnsley on a par with Town?? I don’t think so Mr Bree.

unknown100 added 10:58 - Mar 18
I think the loan players by right should stay, they helped get us in this mess, they should help get us out of it. But I suppose that's the problem with loans- they are just in it for themselves, win lose or draw, they know they are going back to their respected clubs or will sign for a good championship team

afcfee added 10:59 - Mar 18
St, Cdm and a CB to have chance.

ArnieM added 11:15 - Mar 18
Downes.... Woolfie ...... plus Tranmere striker ? Sorted

Jonnosdreadlocks added 11:24 - Mar 18
Depends on the playing staff we have. Seeing as Bree says 'They' rather than 'We' indicate he's not intending to stay.

Jonaldo added 12:01 - Mar 18
Let's not be too complacent, League 1 will be hard work and we have to earn the right to be called favourites. On day 1 everyone is equal.

We need at least 1 proven goalscorer, a crafty midfield playmaker (to replace judge who will probably go) and a goalkeeper who can dominate the box and take a cross (unfortunately Bart is weak in this area and creates the doubt, hesitancy and confusion in the box that is costing us one or two goals every week)

senduntd added 12:04 - Mar 18
He is as much an authority as you are.

Bert added 12:06 - Mar 18
Excellent summary from Len Brennan. We should all be feeling bereft that we are going to be relegated but many of us don't because of the factors highlighted by Len. Some of Hurst's signings are coming good, add our own home grown talent plus a few of our older pros and we have a good blend. Mentally, there should not be too much adjustment as we don't have "stars" or anyone, perhaps with the exception of Bart who may attract Championship attention. Mind you, getting used to playing in tight stadiums with poorer facilities may take some getting used to. If we are not arrogant, and Lambert will make sure of that, we should be a real contender to go straight up.

Bergholtblue added 13:27 - Mar 18
Jonnosdreadlocks ........ You beat me to it!. Clearly has no intention of being here next year. Drop him and play someone who does.

Bluroo added 14:15 - Mar 18
So Bree isn't sure we'll be relegated but is sure we'd get promoted. I think he's got that one completely back to front.

I'm not unduly bothered if if takes more than 1 season to return. For me it's that when we return, we return ready, with a young dynamic squad in a much better place than we are now.

runningout added 15:27 - Mar 18
Barnsley in a more promising place than us. It’s not a case of what your home Stadium looks like at the moment

Northstandveteran added 17:15 - Mar 18
"You'll be fine"
Said the man to his fellow passengers aboard the Titanic as he took up the last space on the lifeboat.

alfromcol added 17:50 - Mar 18
“I put a couple of decent balls in to the right areas and you hope someone will get on the end of them"

He also played a ball in the wrong area and from the resultant corner Forest scored

Dolphinblue added 19:09 - Mar 18
WISE WORDS from the young Bree. We will bounce back at the 1st attempt of that l am sure. Cannot wait for next season COYB

warktheline added 19:42 - Mar 18
The first 10 games or so are going to be pivotal to life in Division 1, for Lambert and team! There’s no denying ‘professional pride’ to date, remains intact, but a ‘winning mentality’ still hasn’t emerged! Any manager worth his ‘salt’would relish working with the ‘potential’ to hand, but the underlying problem with the club has manifested over a decade of continued ‘failures’ and ‘struggles’! This needs addressing and the ‘tide’ turned!

dukey44 added 20:18 - Mar 18
With regards to next season take a look at Sunderland last season they were dire and yet they now playing at Wembley and lookije coming straight back. We aren't playong dire and look strong for next season already? COYB I think we will do fine as long as we get a player that likes to score and a defence that can defend..

EatonBlue added 20:20 - Mar 18

RegencyBlue added 20:34 - Mar 18
We certainly need to come straight back because if we don’t we could be down there for quite a while.

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