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Earl: There's No Reason Why We Can't Go and Win This League
Monday, 10th Feb 2020 16:08

Loanee Josh Earl is convinced Town can still go up automatically despite surrendering a top-six place when they lost 1-0 at Sunderland on Saturday, a third successive defeat by a promotion rival.

The 21-year-old Preston defender, who arrived during last month’s transfer window, made his debut as a substitute for Janoi Donacien at the Stadium of Light just three minutes before Chris Maguire struck an 81st minute clincher for the Black Cats that saw them leapfrog Town and claim sixth spot.

But despite that setback, which leaves Paul Lambert’s men trailing leaders Rotherham by eight points, Earl is adamant Town can recapture their Championship status over the remaining 14 games of the current campaign.

He said: “A massive part of me wanting to come here was the fact that I rate Ipswich as the best side in this league. Okay, we’re struggling for a bit of form at the moment but we still have every chance of going up automatically, never mind via the play-offs.

“With the players we’ve got and the way the manager wants us to play, there's no reason why we can't go and win this league. It is so tight that if you go and win two on the bounce you could be right at the top again.

“Looking on from the bench, I thought the lads played really well in the first half at Sunderland. If we had taken some of our chances it would have been a different game and if we play that way in the rest of the games coming up then we’ve got every chance of winning most of them.”

Earl said the mood in the Town camp remains upbeat, adding: “You can’t let the mood get down because then you’ll lose the next game and the next one after that.

"It’s not like we’ve got to come in and start pointing fingers. Of course we’re disappointed – we’ll have a go at each other after the game and say ‘Come on we’ve got to do better’ – but we can’t get disheartened.”

Next up for Town is tomorrow’s trip to South London to face AFC Wimbledon, who proved stiff opposition at Portman Road earlier in the season.

Not only did they grab the lead before half-time, they held on until nine minutes before the end when James Norwood equalised and were still looking good for a point when Kayden Jackson grabbed a dramatic stoppage-time winner.

Wimbledon are currently fourth from bottom, six points above the drop zone, but have only lost four of their 15 home league games this season.

That form suggests it might be a more difficult task than their position in the table suggests, although Earl sees it as a must-win game for Town.

He added: “I think every game from now until the end of the season is pretty much a must-win game. They are all massive games. If we want to go up automatically we’ve got to win quite a few out of the 14 we have left.

“We’ve left ourselves… I wouldn’t say an uphill battle, because there are so many games still to be played.

“It’s so tight around the top of the league that if we win two games on the bounce, I don’t know, you could see us go all the way to the top or something like that.

"After losing three on the trot this has to be considered must-win. But we won’t be focusing on that – we just have to play our game and we’ll get the job done.”

After Saturday’s defeat Town boss Paul Lambert said that if his players can repeat their dominant first-half display in their remaining fixtures they will win more than they lose.

Earl continued: “I’d agree with that. I think we’ve got every chance and to finish in the top two is definitely still the target.”

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Tufty added 16:12 - Feb 10
Don't share his optimistic assessment

Upthetown1970 added 16:17 - Feb 10
I can give you a reason we wont win this league. LAMBERT!!!

warksonwater added 16:20 - Feb 10
Who knows? 8 points to the top is a heck of a stretch, but 5 points less so. 9 of our last 14 games are at home which doesn't say a lot considering our home form, but most of those are very winnable, the only really 'big' sides being Coventry and Portsmouth (albeit we have to break 'that' record sometime). All to play for I say. Still wouldn't rule out automatic, has still got to be our aim. My hunch is still 6th, which is what I predicted at the start of the season. Who knows after that? Gonna be a lottery.

Tractorboy1985 added 16:27 - Feb 10
So we’ve now got a loan player coming out with all the spin who’s played 30 minutes since being here! You ain’t good enough mate and nor are 80% of the players we have! Bolton didn’t want you but you’re good enough for Evans as you’re cheap! Pi$$ poor league and we are struggling! Playoffs at the very best! Fans will leave in there droves next season if we don’t go up and then we will just become a league 1 side full stop! When will fans realise Evans needs a push.. he needs to hear this is not acceptable for ITFC! Under invested for 5 odd years and this is the consequence! Horrific owner who’s ripped the life and soul out of the club! Sad times!

OliveR16 added 16:31 - Feb 10
There is, indeed, no reason why we can't win this League.


ernie added 16:40 - Feb 10
This is getting ridiculous now

bugblatter added 16:41 - Feb 10
Wasn’t he the defender who turned his back on the shot that Sunderland scored from, instead of throwing himself in front of it?

meekreech added 16:45 - Feb 10
The supporters who thought relegation would be the answer to sorting out the club will soon realise that it is not the wanted outcome. It is beginning to look as if the future is being a league 1 club for some considerable time . Much as I hate the idea the way we are going makes that the only outcome.

herfie added 16:48 - Feb 10
Oh dear, another blue-clad talking head sent in to bat for the cause! Sadly, however, methinks he’s got his ‘A’s’ confused: ability and ambition! But got to admire the optimism, and have to hope that actions speak louder than the torrent of words and good intentions that seem to flow almost daily from the club.

Just beat those damned Wombles tomorrow, lads! Simples😀

Saxonblue74 added 17:00 - Feb 10
Statistically correct, but the level of our performances recently suggests otherwise unfortunately. Would need spectacular failure among all teams in the mix to hand it to Town.

Henrietta_R_Hippo added 17:01 - Feb 10
HaHaHaHa HaHaHaHa


Mathematically there isn't of course...but:

Dear Mr. Earl: Just to name ONE reason, beside the super club-WITHERING owner Marvelous Marcus himself, well there is a tactically inept & cluelessly "just for the sake of it" rotating (except Captain Calamity of course! Doh!) motormouth talking dude in the manager seat... who gets found out & embarrassingly outsmarted pretty much EVERY time we meet a top 8 side, if not from the get-go then certainly with his on-the-field *much brighter* opposite number's 2nd half adjustments!

PS: But additionally "funny" that this interview also appear to be in some rather stark contrast to always suuuucking-up-to-Marcus EADT's appalling!!! journalistic article & podcast a few hours ago named: "Would it be better if Town wasn't promoted this season???"

Radlett_blue added 17:02 - Feb 10
"the way the manager wants us to play"? OK, we played well at Sunderland for 45 minutes. But in plenty of games we've resorted to abject hoofing. Is that how the manager wants us to play?

Northstandveteran added 17:02 - Feb 10
Give the kid a break.
We know the situation.
Not his fault.

thundercat added 17:24 - Feb 10
If we had taken some of our chances, that's the story of ITFC is it not, it does seem that our strikers could not hit the inside of a barn if they stood inside it

BlueBlood90 added 17:35 - Feb 10
There is one reason.....We’re s**t

dirtydingusmagee added 17:48 - Feb 10
he hasn't been here 5 minutes, and taken a knock to the head !.

Swailsey added 19:00 - Feb 10

dirtydingusmagee added 19:33 - Feb 10
theres loads of reasons ,

tractorboybig added 07:41 - Feb 11
one good reason for not going up is that there are at least 10 teams better than us...and have a manager who knows how to change taticrs at half time.
HOWEVER i agree if buls***t got us promotion we would be up already

PortmanTerrorist added 09:45 - Feb 11
Half a season of chopping and changing and failing to get a settled way of playing has simply allowed lesser teams to compete with us. Team always beats talent....esp when the talent allows itself to be so obviously questioned either trough lack of effort or my making simple mistakes, again and again. That does include PL as his failure to reinstate Holy earlier arguably cost us 5 points in recent weeks.

We are capable of going on a run, but not until we get the right blend and formation.....but that really is 4 months too late. Does Earl know anything of our season(s) to making such daft comments ?!

dannyrr added 13:50 - Feb 11
There is a reason - our inability to score goals and kill games off. Many games we’ve had 60 70% possession which means nothing if we can’t put the ball in the back of the net. The teams near the top of the table regularly score 2-3-4 goals. That’s a small miracle for us. Many games we have won or lost by one goal. We needed to bring in a proven goal scorer in Jan to match the efforts of the other top teams.

Lightningboy added 14:28 - Feb 11
Agree mate - there is NO reason why we shouldn’t go on and win this league this season.

Unfortunately we have too many players who are just not up for it.

ITFCsince73 added 16:36 - Feb 11
I haven’t seen any other reason.
Half the squad good enough, half the squad not good enough.
When you add injuries and suspensions to that, the teams never good enough.

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