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Coventry City vs Ipswich Town: Taylor confident Tractor Boys can close in on Premier League


Ipswich Town midfielder Jack Taylor believes his side can finish the job and secure promotion to the Premier League by the end of the week.

The Tractor Boys travel to Coventry City tonight knowing a win would put them three points clear of Leeds United and leave them needing just a point on the final day.

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Taylor, 25, joined the Suffolk club in the summer from League One side Peterborough and has been a key part of Kieran McKenna’s promotion push this season, making 31 appearances in the Championship.

He warns his Ipswich team-mates that they cannot get complacent in the final week, but is confident they can claim the second automatic promotion spot behind champions Leicester.

Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times, he said: “You can’t get carried away because you’ve seen in the past that it can affect teams mentally.

“We’re bang on it, we know what’s on the line and we’re going to go for the win like we’ve done all season.

“As long as we stick to our system and our principles, I think we’ll definitely get the job done.

“It’s that stage of the season now where it’s so in our hands. It’s not like we’ve got five games to go and need a certain amount of wins, we’re down to two and we can’t really afford to lose.”

Leeds are breathing down the neck of the Tractor Boys but must hope they slip up between now and Saturday afternoon if they are to seal their return to the Premier League.

The Whites host Southampton in a tricky final-day fixture at Elland Road while Ipswich host already relegated Huddersfield.

Taylor admits he would have liked his fate to have been decided already but believes it would be a special feeling to secure promotion in front of the home fans at Portman Road this weekend.

He added: “We’re going to go into both games wanting to win both and end on how many points that leaves us on.

“[Promotion] will obviously be special and to be honest it’s probably worked out better – rather than sealing the deal away at Coventry, we can do it at home in front of our supporters, who have been with us all season.”

Mitch Fretton
Mitch Fretton
Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.


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