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Earl: Town System Suits Me
Monday, 10th Feb 2020 17:06

Loan signing Josh Earl would love the opportunity of a run in the Town side as he is a big fan of the new-look defensive formation favoured by manager Paul Lambert in recent weeks.

It remains to be seen if Lambert will persevere with a back three at AFC Wimbledon tomorrow evening as he looks to avoid a fourth successive league defeat that would further damage the club’s chances of making an instant return to the Championship following last season’s relegation.

But Town have had some joy from the partnership of Luke Chambers, James Wilson and Luke Woolfenden, with the two Lukes relishing the responsibility to attack down the flanks when the opportunity has arisen, as it helped them to a five-game unbeaten league run and saw them reclaim pole position in the League One table.

Earl laughed: “Defenders often have to put their head into places where you wouldn’t want to put your foot and overlapping centre-halves might look big and clumsy at times. But they’ve got a bit about them here and we’ll benefit from assists and even goals.

“I’m happy with the overlapping centre-back roles currently occupied by Chambo and Woolfy. I think it would suit me quite well but the two Lukes have been doing it really well recently. They’ve been overlapping and getting among the assists so it has worked well so far.”

Earl played 11 times on loan for Bolton, between August and January, and added: “I enjoyed it there and the manager was really good to me. I enjoyed playing there and the fans were great but this is a very different challenge. There’s a lot more pressure on us to go out and perform and get wins. I’m really excited to be at a massive club like this.

“This opportunity came up and I was keen to take it. How could I turn it down? Ipswich are a massive club, fighting to get promoted from League One and even win the league. It was too good a chance to miss.

“It feels more like a Championship set-up here and I want to help the club get back there.

“You tend not to get too many opportunities like this. The trick is to make the most of them when they do come along. It was great to be involved from the bench at the weekend and I’m ready to play from the start if required.

“The Preston manager, Alex Neil, has just said to go and play some games to pick up some valuable experience. It’s a good opportunity to do that and it’s obviously a different environment to what I’ve been used to at Preston.

“The lads are fighting for automatic promotion, not just the play-offs, so there are different pressures for me to cope with and Alex Neil wants to see how I get on.

“This is the first time I’ve been away from home in Southport so I’ve been cooking and washing for myself, all that sort of stuff. It’s a big shock to the system but everything about the move is positive and good for me.

“My dad’s now a home and away Ipswich fan. He comes to all the games and stays over. The lads here have taken me under their wing. They’re all quality, whether they are around my age or a bit older. They’ve been unbelievable, all of them.

“The gaffer here has had a chat and explained that I’ve been a bit unlucky not to get more game time.

“Before I came down here they probably weren’t in the best of form because they had gone 12 games without a win but as soon as I came in they were doing a lot better, so I understand the situation.

“I want them to do well and get promoted. I might get my chance a different way, you never know in this game, but right now I’m buzzing to be here.”

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JaySwitch added 17:10 - Feb 10

dirtydingusmagee added 17:51 - Feb 10
system ? what kin system, Lambo soon got you bleating .You are in with the over paid gutless now ..

hyperbrit added 18:56 - Feb 10
unfortunately what the defense does hardly matters when no goals are scored.

midastouch added 19:11 - Feb 10
Our system also suits any team we're playing in the top 8 of the league so it seems!

Skip73 added 19:14 - Feb 10
Fighting? Yeah right. Thats the biggest joke I've heard this year. This club doesn't know the meaning of the word.

r2d2 added 08:15 - Feb 11
System? Didnt know we had one. That must be news to a lot of fans then.

pup12 added 08:59 - Feb 11
Wow as said above, we have a, system!????.

northblue added 09:16 - Feb 11
I see all the moaners are back. Win,lose or draw back the team.

runningout added 12:58 - Feb 11
Surely you can understand the moaners point. If the players take it to heart they ain’t professional enough

Dolphinblue added 17:00 - Feb 11
Thats the Spirit! 🐬

Linkboy13 added 10:11 - Feb 13
If I'm picked the system suits me waffle.

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