Date: 15th March 2016 at 3:49pm
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Since he joined Town at the back end of last season Luke Varney has been a bit-player for Town and very much on the fridges of first team involvement in the main.

Obviously injuries have taken their toll and he is no spring chicken at 33 so he has done well to tie his self down to a short term contract with the blues.

Tonight he is likely to be on the bench again but he will be eager to play some part in proceedings against one of his former clubs.

In fact, he made a total of 23 appearances for Blackburn Rovers over two seasons, without scoring a goal; having initially joined them on loan, as he did with the blues.

Varney is very much a football journeyman and in his career to date he has had loan spells with Derby County,Sheffield Wednesday, Blackpool,Blackburn and Ipswich too so he is very familiar with this division but hardly a prolific goalscorer it must be said.

Luke However remains confident that the Tractor Boys can get over the finishing line and a place and told the club’s official website Ipswich Player that he believes we have what it takes.

“The spirit is still high and we all know what we need with ten massive games to go; we know what to do as we`ve been here last year so we`re sticking together,”

We can only hope that he is right because even manager Mick McCarthy has admitted that if we have any designs on those illusive play-off spots, then we must win our next two home games against Rovers tonight and struggling Rotherham United on Saturday.

Varney continued, “We get a lot of help from the gaffer, TC and all the staff here, but we have togetherness as a group.
There is no malice. People get brought off at half-time, the gaffer makes decisions but we all take it on the chin and move on.
We`re all desperate to get back in those Play-Offs and that`s our only aim,” he explained.

There is little doubt that anything less than a win at Portman Road this evening and we can wave those promotion hopes goodbye so it is vitally important that we take the initiative tonight.

Mick McCarthy said that supporters can be of great help but they need help from the players too by inspiring them with their brand of football and if Town are to be victorious tonight, then an early goal would work wonders for collective self-belief.

I do not expect many changes but if they do occur it will probably be in midfield were sometimes that spark of inspiration is decidedly lacking.

Chief candidates in this department are Kevin Bru and Kevin Foley but the pace of Ainsley Maitland-Niles should not be overlooked either in my view.

Frank Weston – editor of Vital Ipswich


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