Behind Enemy Lines: Ipswich Town

MILLWALL host Ipswich Town on Remembrance Day at The Den on Saturday.

Ipswich sacked Paul Hurst on Thursday and are set to appoint Paul Lambert, but Bryan Klug will be in charge in South Bermondsey.

Lucas Ball spoke to Benjamin Bloom this week.

Twitter: @benjaminbloom

Why do you support Ipswich?

Ipswich born and bred.

What’s been your favourite season following Ipswich?

1999-00 and promotion via the play-offs up to the Premier League after beating Barnsley 4-2 at Wembley.

And the worst?

2001-02 and relegation back down from the top tier and seemingly not winning for months on end.

Was it the right time for ex-Millwall manager Mick McCarthy to leave last season?

Very much so. The mood at the club had turned very sour under Mick and both sides seemed to be very amicable about it.

What are your hopes for this season overall?

Right now the only hope is survival. If you give me 21st position by one goal I’ll take it today.

Looking ahead to January, where do Ipswich need to strengthen?

We could well be in the bottom three come January so that magical forward, probably on loan, who’s going to score 10 goals to keep us up.

Who will be the danger men for Ipswich?

The men that engineered the 4-3 win last season – Martyn Waghorn, Joe Garner and David McGoldrick – have all gone so we’d be looking to Gwion Edwards a tricky right winger, or Andre Dozzell, a clever number 10, to do the damage.

Similarly, which Millwall players are you most worried about?

It’s not necessarily one player you worry about when you go to Millwall, it’s the combination of the Neil Harris style and the noise in the stadium.

That said, Lee Gregory never gives you a quiet game and Jed Wallace always performs well against us.

What are your thoughts on Neil Harris?

Excellent manager, very clear style, gives his players simple instructions and the football is very intense and attacking – I remember at 2-2 in the game at Portman Road last spring you finished with at least five up front.

If you could sign one of his players, who would it be and why?

Jake Cooper – Luke Chambers can’t go forever and Cooper is an excellent Championship centre-half.

Will you be visiting The Den?

Absolutely – brilliant place to watch football, was there on the Friday night for Millwall versus Fulham last season and it’s one of the best atmospheres I can remember.

Finally, what’s your score prediction?

My heart says score draw – but my head says Millwall by two.

Graphic: @ShedCreative