Freddie Sears: Mini-league can bring Ipswich play-off spot

Freddie Sears
Freddie Sears' most recent goal for Ipswich came in a 2-1 defeat by Leeds on 4 March

Ipswich striker Freddie Sears expects the race for promotion play-off places in the Championship to go to the final day of the season.

The 25-year-old has scored four league goals in 12 appearances since being signed from Colchester in January.

"Losing at Middlesbrough was tough, but at the start of the season we'd have taken being seventh with nine games left," he told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"The key is winning our mini-league with Brentford, Wolves and Forest."

He continued: "Realistically finishing in the top two might be a little out of reach now, but I think the race to get into the play-offs will go to the final day.

"We were disappointed to be beaten up at Middlesbrough, but Brentford lost and Wolves drew, so not much changed in that respect.

"This is a club is full of bubbly characters, and now everyone is really looking forward to Bolton at Portman Road (on Tuesday)."

Youthful promise
Freddie Sears was only 18 when he marked his first professional game with the winning goal for West Ham against Blackburn, seven years ago this month.

Sears has impressed Town supporters with his pace and stamina since moving up from League One, and admitted he is hoping to maintain his record of appearing in every game for the rest of the season, either starting or coming on as a substitute.

"I'm delighted with how things have gone, when I came my aim was simply to get in the team and give the manager something different. There are a lot of quality players here, so the competition is tough," he said.

"I'm on 18 goals for the season now. At the start of the season I was targeting 15-20 with Colchester, but now I'm desperate to pass 20 for the first time."

The imminent return from injury of fellow striker David McGoldrick will add to the pressure on Sears to keep his place, but the former England Under-21 international believes he can work well with either McGoldrick or current 23-goal partner Daryl Murphy, or both.

"It would be great to play as a three with David and Darryl, but of course that's up to the manager," Sears added.

"The main thing is we need to get the three points. It would be nice to get get them with a great attacking performance, but we'll take an ugly one goal win if we have to."

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