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Kieran McKenna eyes a chance to write Ipswich Town’s name in the EFL history books with 100 points and 100 goals to finish off promotion-winning campaign





Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna admits the chance for his promotion-winning side to write their name in the EFL record books has been the focus ahead of the final day of the season.

The Tractor Boys wrapped up a top-two finish in Sky Bet League One, and a return to the second tier after a four-year exile, after a 6-0 thumping of Exeter City at Portman Road last Saturday.

McKenna’s Ipswich trail leaders Plymouth Argyle by a single point heading into their trip to Fleetwood Town on Sunday (12pm), with the Blues needing to better the result of their title rivals, who visit Port Vale, to pip them to top spot.

Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna Picture: Ady Kerry
Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna Picture: Ady Kerry

But the Town boss insists with the fate of the League One title out of their hands the focus has been on creating more history on their own terms, as a victory this weekend would see them become only the second team in England’s top four divisions to reach 100 points and 100 goals in the same season.

Manchester City are the only side to have achieved the double century feat, racking up 100 points and 106 goals on the way to winning the Premier League in 2017/18.

“97 points is a fantastic achievement, but to get 100 points and 100 goals and be the first team in EFL history to do that would be an amazing achievement,” McKenna said.

“It would be something to be really proud of. On top of that we’re two goals off having the best goal difference in EFL history as well.

“We spoke about these things this week. We know that winning the league isn’t in our hands.

“We’d like to control what we can control. What we can control is trying to go out and deliver a performance on Sunday and then we’ve got a chance to really establish an incredible goal difference.

“We know that’s not going to come easy and trying to get a result in the game is going to take an awful lot of work.

“There’s some nice targets there and it gives us something to focus on that’s under our control. That’s been the message to the players this week.”

The accolades have continued to come Ipswich’s way this week with McKenna and top goalscorer Conor Chaplin receiving April’s League One manager and player of the month awards respectively.

Reflecting on the last seven days and the aftermath of Saturday’s win at Portman Road which sealed a first promotion in 23 years, McKenna said: “It’s been very busy, but very enjoyable.

“Saturday was a great day for everyone associated with the club. The highlight of course being the celebrations at the end and the enjoyment that we managed to bring to so many people.

“It was great to be able to share it with our friends and families. The players and the supporters rightfully enjoyed the celebrations which was great to see.

“For me, it’s been busy. There’s been extra media to do. We’ve had a do on Tuesday and we’re starting to plan for Fleetwood and plan for next season.

“It’s been a good few days to see the enjoyment we’ve brought to so many people, but we’re still very much in work mode here as coaching staff and as a support staff.

“We’re trying to get ready to finish the season well on Sunday and go into the summer with a really good plan on how to improve next year.”