Norwood: We’re only thinking about winning games

Town striker James Norwood says although it’s been a good start to the season, the squad are not getting carried away.

Town are currently unbeaten and sit second in the table ahead of tomorrow’s game away at Gillingham. Norwood is looking for Town to extend Town their unbeaten start and keep sending a message out to the rest of the league.

“The longer you go unbeaten, the harder you are to beat, I think,” he said. “If we get to 10 or 11 games unbeaten, people are going to come to Portman Road and say ‘They haven’t lost here, they haven’t lost away, how do you beat Ipswich?’.

“And I think that’s going to be important for us, we need that fear factor.”

When asked if going the whole campaign unbeaten has been discussed, he replied: “No, we just focus on the next game, we’ve broken our season up into blocks, I won’t tell you about it, but we’ve broken our season up into a certain number of blocks and focused on those as small goals and then next one is the main aim,”

“We’re going into Gillingham tomorrow and we’re looking to win the game. That’s as far as we’re thinking ahead.

“We’ll come in Sunday and cool down and go through it Monday and Tuesday and look ahead to Saturday with Tranmere and look to win that one as well. We’re not looking any further than six days ahead at any one time.”

He says visiting teams will also raise their game given the size of the club in League One: “I think if you look at Portman Road it’s one of the biggest stadiums in the league with one of the biggest teams, if not the biggest.

“Any football player wants to play at the biggest team in the division and go to the division above and we’ve got a massive chance of doing that and I think people are going to give 10 to 15 per cent extra because they want to come to a club like Ipswich.

“It’s up to us to raise our levels above then and we’ve been doing that this season.”

As well as remaining unbeaten Norwood is looking to continue the run of clean sheets Town are currently building, something which strikers even take pride in.

Of course, we defend from the front!” he laughed. “We score goals as a team, we keep clean sheets as a team, the way the gaffer wants to press and things like that.

“Myself, Kayden, Keano and Jordan are going to be the first line of defence. We win together, we lose together, that’s the same with scoring goals and keeping clean sheets.”

He added: “I think you have to be able to do everything. There’ll be some teams who go up playing free-flowing attacking football not worrying that they have to defend because they’ll win 4-3.

“But we’re looking to keep clean sheets, we’re looking to score goals and we’ve proved we can do that.

“We’ve scored threes, fours, five against Bolton and then we’ve had two or three 1-0 wins, so we’re showing that we’re resilient in defence and if games are tight we’ve got enough to score and got enough to see the game out as well.”

Speaking about keeper Tomas Holy, Norwood has been impressed by the presence of the big man in goal.

“He’s made some really important saves for us at crucial times,” Norwood said. “The one just before half-time against Shrewsbury, he made a few crucial saves against the MK Dons that have kept us in the game.

“He’s a massive, massive fella in goal and he’s difficult to beat at the best of times, but when he’s in this sort of form, you know he’s going be really difficult to beat.”

When asked how does he find facing Holy in training, Norwood laughed: “Not enjoyable! It’s sort of a confidence killer for a striker. He’s just so daunting in goal, his presence is huge and if you can score past him, you’re going to be able to score past a lot of goalkeepers at this level.”

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