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Kieran McKenna not expecting an easy ride ahead of Ipswich Town’s promotion party

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Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna says there are no guarantees that his side will gain promotion to the Premier League on Saturday.

The Tractor Boys need a single point against Huddersfield Town to restore their top-flight status for the first time since 2002 and will be playing in front of an expectant crowd at Portman Road.

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Leeds United are the only team that can spoil the party in East Anglia but they must defeat fourth-placed Southampton and hope Ipswich slip up on the final day.

McKenna has been a revelation since arriving in 2021 and guided them up from League One last season.

He could now achieve back-to-back promotions for the club despite having the same core of players that operated in England’s third tier.

Speaking ahead of the match against the Terriers, he said: “I’ve got belief in them and a lot of belief in what we’ve done.

“The consistency that we’ve shown, how we prepare for games, how we concentrate throughout games and how we get our identity out there on the pitch gives us a great chance to win games.

“I’ve got a lot of belief but it’s a football match, two teams in the same division, one who were in a lower division the season before.

“Anything can happen, I don’t expect it to be smooth sailing.

“There’s going to be tension in the game for sure as there is when you’re fighting for things but it’ll be about doing enough of the right things to help us keep on top of that.”

Ipswich are hoping to join champions Leicester in the Premier League next season, who looked as if they might falter in the last few months of the campaign.

It has been a sticky period for the Tractor Boys as well but they picked up their first win in four against Coventry on Tuesday, putting them on the verge of history.

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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