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O'Neill on Ipswich challenge

15 March 2019

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Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill is prepared to face a determined Ipswich Town side at Portman Road tomorrow.

The Tractor Boys have found themselves adrift at the foot of the Championship table, but O'Neill believes that has given them the freedom to go and play and he is wary of that element.

He said: "Ipswich have got into that 'it doesn't matter anymore' kind of mood. It looks like they would have to go on an incredible run to pull themselves out of it.

"I do believe they are playing with that 'freedom'. I went to watch them a couple of weeks ago against Derby and they played very well that day. I watched their game against Bristol City and, again, they deserved that point so they will be playing with a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of drive and determination but that is something that we do not lack.

"What we have to do is, against any side we play against, match their intensity. I want to, eventually, have other manager's turning round saying that they need to match our intensity."

With the 2019-20 season card renewal period opening today, O'Neill has been delighted to see the supporters flooding in to secure their seat for next season and he knows that now they need to be rewarded for that loyalty.

"I am obviously incredibly pleased to see that," he said. "I think it is now up to us to do something to please them. They are putting their hard-earned money in their pockets for season cards for next season, which is incredible really with the season not being finished.

"It makes you want to strive to try and get this team into the big league for them. They have shown their patience but I would just really love to reward them if at all possible."

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