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Ipswich Town: Goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky speaks on Blues’ achievement of six second-tier wins in a row for the first time in 32 years





Ipswich Town goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky has spoken on the club’s achievement of six second-tier wins in a row for the first time in 32 years.

Defender Leif Davis helped extend the run of consecutive victories on Tuesday to see off Bristol City 3-2 at Portman Road and a seventh straight success away at Cardiff City tomorrow will match the record.

Previously under former manager John Duncan, the Blues won the final five fixtures of the 1988/89 campaign and the first two of the 1989/90 season.

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky said this has been the best season of his career so far. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Ipswich Town goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky said this has been the best season of his career so far. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Reflecting on Town’s eight-game winning run last season as they closed in on automatic promotion from League One, Hladky said: “We proved it last season when we had a hell of a run as well and this is actually what we are trying to do – to prepare as well as we can for every game.

“Now we are on another run and we are enjoying the journey.”

“We spoke at the start of the season that it wouldn’t be easy and it was a new challenge for us.

“What you are seeing now is the impact of really hard work in training. Our mindset is that we can win every game and that we can be successful at any stage of the season and any stage of any game. It’s just massive belief.”

The 33-year-old added that so far this has been the best season of his career.

“In terms of the quality of the competition, there is no doubt this is my best season in football in terms of my performances,” he said.

“There have been other seasons where I was enjoying myself, for sure, but this is Championship level and I am happy to help the team and prove my quality.”

Kieran McKenna’s men sit second in the Championship table, just three points behind leaders Leicester and two ahead of third-placed Leeds.

In September, the Blues ran out 3-2 winners over Cardiff having been two goals behind.

Asked if he sees the Bluebirds as a tougher prospect this time around, the Blues boss said: “I think it's always more difficult playing away from home, straight away - so that makes it more of a challenge.

“They've brought in some good players in January and they're on a good run. They've won three games in a row.

“They've conceded one goal in their last four games, so they're showing defensive solidity and they've got lots of good individual players as well, so we know it's another challenge.

“But honestly, every game in the league, you can't look at it any way different than that. All the teams have their own qualities.

“So many of the teams have really high individual talent. And we know we're going to have to be very good defensively and offensively.”

McKenna also praised Omari Hutchinson after the Chelsea loanee won Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for February.

He said: “It's been great for us to see that journey and to try and help that journey along the way, and I know that he's very appreciative of all the help that he's had from everyone here.

“He's having a very strong season, especially for someone in their first season of men's football.

“He's come on in great strides in many different areas, but he's also very grounded and very humble.

“He knows he's only at the very start of his career and he's got aspirations and he wants to continue to improve much further from where he is now.

“I'm sure if he shows the same attitude and mindset that he has done up to this point that he'll continue to do so.”