April 22, 2024

The Suffolk side moved into second place after a 2-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle.
Ipswich manager Kieran McKenna praised his team’s consistency as they climbed ahead of Leeds United to retake their place in the Championship’s top two. Brendan Galloway’s own goal and a Kieffer Moore volley helped Ipswich defeat Plymouth Argyle 2-0 on Saturday.

That victory, along with Leeds’ 1-1 draw at Huddersfield Town, put the Tractor Boys up to second place, while Leicester’s 2-1 setback at home to QPR means they are now only three points behind the league leaders. It was Ipswich’s fifth victory in a row, as the Championship promotion battle took another turn ahead of the midweek games.

Ipswich host Bristol City on Tuesday night, while Leeds face Stoke City at Elland Road, and fourth-placed Southampton face Preston North End at St Mary’s on Wednesday evening. McKenna believes that consistency is key for his team as they strive for a stunning second straight promotion season.

“To win five in a row, when we have had some tough away games, that consistency is really pleasing,” he went on to say. “It was a really strong performance. Our organisation was good, our discipline was strong, and we were really competitive.

“We won more than our fair share of challenges, giving us a strong foothold in the game in the first half. We knew it would be difficult. We knew we’d have to deal with a really strong home atmosphere, as well as challenging weather and pitch conditions.

 

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“We did that really well, and it provided us a really strong foundation at halftime to know we could keep going…if we kept doing the right things and minimizing their threats, we knew the chances would fall our way, and it was another really excellent second-half performance.

“We have not had many games like this one. It was fairly stop-start. We always backed our fitness and style, and it wasn’t easy in the first half.

“We were very confident that the second half would go well for us. The goal took a huge deflection, but we had generated chances on both sides of the goal, so we knew it was coming.”

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