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Huws: We Know We've Got to Start Beating the Top Teams
Monday, 23rd Nov 2020 10:05

Midfielder Emyr Huws knows only too well that Town are going to have to beat at least some of the leading sides if they are going to have any chance of realising their promotion dream.

Paul Lambert’s team are sitting third in the League One table and ideally placed in the battle to return to the Championship – and this week’s Portman Road double header, against leaders Hull tomorrow and fifth-placed Charlton on Saturday, provides an opportunity to cement their place as genuine contenders.

Huws, 27, is poised to make his fourth league start of the season when the Tigers come to Suffolk in search of a sixth successive league win, while they also boast the best away record in the division this season with five wins from their seven games on the road.

The Welshman said: “It’s a big week and big results would be great so that’s what we are going to be trying to achieve. We are definitely going to have to beat one of the teams at the top at some point and the sooner the better. I am sure it will come.”

Asked why he thought Town were experiencing little success against the leading sides, a problem that also proved costly last season, Huws added: “I don’t think there’s any issue. All the games are different and we’ve just got to keep imposing our game on the opposition and give it our all throughout the 90 minutes to try to get a win.”

Huws agreed that two wins over the next five days would give the Blues a massive boost but even if they took four points from a possible six it would be a decent return at this stage of the campaign and keep them firmly in the promotion picture.

Looking back to the weekend’s last-gasp triumph over struggling Shrewsbury, who have tasted victory only once in the league this season, Huws continued: “It was really important to start the run of three successive home games with a win.

“It was difficult after we conceded early but we got the three points in the end and now we move on to the next one. The next two are obviously going to be tough for us but you can’t expect anything else against teams who are top and fifth in the league.

“You might expect Hull to be more difficult to beat than Shrewsbury but it’s tricky to say whether or not that will actually be the case. We conceded very early against Shrewsbury so it was always going to be a tougher game than it might have been.

“We’ll just continue doing what we’re doing and we’ll be looking to make it seven wins out of seven at home this season. It’s a game we’re all looking forward to.”

Huws looks certain to start after Teddy Bishop, the man he replaced on Saturday just five minutes after the interval, hobbled off to leave manager Lambert with few midfield alternatives when he names his side for the clash with Hull.

Photo: Matchday Images

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Suffolkboy added 10:22 - Nov 23
It’d be really good to se this man return to the sort of confident form and potential we witnessed in his earliest days !
Undoubtedly has it in him , let’s see him express himself freely and truly influence the team , particularly going forward .

Pencilpete added 10:26 - Nov 23
He needs a run of games and hasn't had them because (unbelievably in my opinion) he is way down PL's pecking order, yes hes had injury problems but we have all seen how good he can be when fully firing.

Class player but needs his manager to show some faith in him

Kingfisher49 added 10:42 - Nov 23
With the number of injuries both short and long terms to midfield players. Is the time right to sign on a short term contract a player or two who are out of contract. Those sort of players want to be playing so you may be able to get them into short term contracts at a reasonable cost and at the same time give them some valuable match time. I understand they might not be up to speed straight away but nothing ventured nothing gained. Two good players who are in that category are Tom Huddleston and Andy King both with Premier and Championship experience. If on short contracts it could cover the time whilst players are out injured. Food for thought and should be within the fair play rulings. I do believe in those on the books should get a chance but choices at present are becoming more limited.

Nobbysnuts added 10:47 - Nov 23
Is it just me or was emyr huws a much better player when he'd didn't have that greasey mullet??

Len_Brennan added 10:53 - Nov 23
The player who is the biggest disappointment for me. I really like him & think that, not only should he dominate midfields in League 1, he should be a top Championship midfielder. He has all the skills & comfort on the ball to be a seriously good footballer AND he is now supposed to be over the injuries that held him back for a few seasons. I can only assume that there is something psychological, post injuries, or an attitude issue, which again could have been a product of the injuries, that is holding him back.
He should be in our starting midfield with everybody fit, and yet he is only now getting in because pretty much everyone else is out; something has really not been right with him. Lambert clearly doesn't trust him & his performances when coming in haven't justified his inclusion anyway. Very disappointing.
If he can get his act together though and Downes comes back with his head in a good place, well then ...

TimmyH added 10:57 - Nov 23
Emyr Huws - big big disappointment for me, would be good if he gets a run of games but not sure if he's up to it.

Gilesy added 11:45 - Nov 23
The sad thing about our current plight is I have absolutely no expectation whatsoever of anything other than a defeat tomorrow night. Probably a fairly early goal for Hull followed by them seeing out the victory quite comfortably. The excitement has gone. If we're ever up against a team who are meant to be a match for us, we lose. There's no anticipation.

At the weekend, with a 97th minute winner, I barely cared. It's all a bit sad.

RobITFC added 11:50 - Nov 23
According to the predictions on this site, 46% of fans expect us to lose at home to Hull... how low can we go?

MonkeyAlan added 11:51 - Nov 23
We will lose these next to games. The team is far too powder puff. Weak as water and will roll over.

GatesPerm added 12:09 - Nov 23
As much as it’s great to see Dozzell, Bishop and Lankester playing together, I just think that trio in midfield is too lightweight for this league. Hopefully, a fully firing Huws will give us a bit more strength in midfield.

Also, it’s clear that Norwood offers us far more as the lone striker and hopefully he can now stay fit and get a run of games together. For me, Jackson is just not effective in that role and needs to play in a two. Although Hawkins can play in the lone striker role, he is a bit one dimensional and doesn’t seem to pose much of a goal threat.


MickMillsTash added 12:23 - Nov 23
We have ridden our luck in the last 3 home league games and a spanking is coming if we're not careful.
Can we swap both Nsiala and McGuinness for Wolf and Wilson?
Norwood must play - if fitness allows
We need to Somehow sort out the shape of the midfield from the mush that ended on Saturday

Can Ward play 3 games in a week - his pace looks a weakness and McGuiness might not be the best yet at covering- If Ward Doesn't play does that mean Kenlock plays ? have I just proposed that? what's happening? do I get a ban from TWTD ? Help!

Michael101 added 12:23 - Nov 23
Kingfisher,yes you maybe right nitro you think Ebenezer evans would pay the wages they would want. No way pedro.

TractorRoyNo1 added 12:46 - Nov 23
Actions speak louder than words

DifferentGravy added 12:49 - Nov 23
Agree with a lot that has been said on here. Hope to see Huws capturing better form.

Ive watched almost every game and there is no doubt that i prefer our current passing style of football as oppose to the long ball under Mick. However, despite having the majority of possession in most games, we create so very few chances....and even in the early games we were riding our luck with the opposition missing sitters. Im pleased to see a lot of our youngsters making an impact and have always felt we have the players to gain promotion......but not with the limited tactics and formation. There needs to be a plan B or even C. Against Shrewsbury (and not for the first time) we got very lucky....against better teams we wont be so fortunate.

fergalsharkey added 12:51 - Nov 23
I hate to say it but Emyr is finished.

That long term injury, age and lack of desire are im afraid the result of what we are seeing.

delias_cheesy_flaps added 12:51 - Nov 23
Oh this statement sounds familiar....It's been trotted out more times than supporters care to remember over the past few seasons and guess what....nothing has changed.
I wish players would stop with these meaningless soundbites, it's demeaning to our long suffering fans intelligence.

OwainG1992 added 13:02 - Nov 23
Emyr was a tremendous loanee 4 years ago.
I was delighted when we signed him on a 4 year deal could not believe the ambition of Evans tbh.
I look at Emyr in a similar way I did Didz for so long.
Always waiting for that outstanding stat but injuries stopped it happening for us.

runningout added 13:30 - Nov 23
Too many of our players not hitting their highs. We are able to beat higher placed clubs in higher leagues, not just League 1. It’s getting the team to realise it!!

Nobbysnuts added 13:33 - Nov 23
Having looked at the stats from the mk dons v Hull match I think we have a good chance of beating them. 65% possession for mk and the result flattered Hull. At the end of the day they are top of a p#ss poor league and someone has to be top...anyone remember Fleetwood 4- Hull 1.... everyone is can be beat... don't give up on us yet.coyb

Billybobblue added 14:12 - Nov 23
Everyone saying Huws isnt decent. He is decent, we have a manager that isnt playing to any players strengths currently. defence has turned farcicle and will continue to do so if the best centre back pairing arent played.
Judge needs to be dropped as he has been poor mostly all season.
Would liek to see Norwood and Jackson/sears up top as a front two as the current three dont work as Jackson gets no service.
Hull will shut us out tomorrow night if we dont improve.
Prove me wrong Lambert, make the damn changes!

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 14:33 - Nov 23
Agree with DifferentGravy: I also prefer the passing game to Mick's hoofball, but we must tweak it so that we carry more goal threat: this means more pace, more forward movement (try the killer pass even if it doesn't always come off), and two strikers to feed on the results of a more positive approach. Sometimes we seem mesmerised just moving the ball backwards and forwards across the back line - even with two minutest to go and a goal behind. We won't always score in the 7th minute of injury time. But I'm hopeful of a decent performance against Hull: new game, new set of circumstances. Let's go for it.

planetblue_2011 added 14:35 - Nov 23
I am dead certain Huws can win a place in that team surely. He’s had a bad injury lay off & now he’s getting back to full fitness. Now is the time to play him & hope he stakes a claim in the team. I like Huws he’s a very good footballer but he needs games like most others.
Definitely need to start beating the big boys starting from tomorrow we hope🤞

chepstowblue added 14:49 - Nov 23
Along with the problem of having no individual pace in the squad, which leads to mind numbingly slow build up play, the lack of confidence and self belief against the better sides is a huge worry. And it's not as if the opposition are great. Two draws would be very commendable this week, two 2-0 defeats the more likely outcome.

Bert added 14:49 - Nov 23
With tougher more physical opponents we cannot play a lightweight midfield as we have been doing. Suspensions and injuries should give Huws a start so we can see what he is really made of. Hull are not a team to sit back so with a more open and frenetic game I would hope that we create far more openings in the box than recent weeks. If fit, Norwood must start either will Hawkins or Jackson. We need hustle and bustle for this one.

IpswichToon added 15:26 - Nov 23
Our available player list right now is worse than any point so far this season. No Downes, no Bishop, no Edwards, no Dozzell, no Hawkins, no Drinan, no Vincent Young, no Nolan, no Skuse, Jackson hasn’t completed 90 mins, Norwood hasn’t completed 90 minutes, Wolfy is out of practice if he is available.... yet we’re expecting Town to go out and beat the toughest team in League One right now?

As terrible as it would look for our stuttering form, it would be a miracle to get anything of this one.

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