Captain's blog

It was a great feeling to go home after the game on Saturday after beating Nottingham Forest and going top of the league.

Another three points at home was achieved and hopefully it did put some pressure on Southampton, who lost their game on Monday.

The aim now is to stay there, at the top for the rest of the season, hopefully we can do that. There is still a long way to go though and nothing has yet been won or decided.

We have made no secret of the fact we want to be promoted automatically, that is the plan and obviously to go up as champions would be fantastic. It is what you, our fans, deserve and we will be doing our upmost to do that.

We have been in a joyous mood in training this week, but the focus is completely on making sure we produce our very best this coming Tuesday evening against Ipswich Town to help us stay where we feel we belong. We have to work for it.

We know all about Ipswich, the last-minute goal they scored at our place to beat us back in September did leave a bitter taste in our mouths. We were poor on the night but I still feel we deserved a draw in that game, but hopefully we can go to their place and do what they did to us, get the three points, that is certainly what we are looking to do.

In this league anything can happen, teams have come to us at home and raised their game and with other teams and results you never know what to expect. But it should be a decent game and we are looking forward to it, hopefully we can boss it and come home with the three points.

Off the pitch, I just want to give a mention to our young team-mate, Dylan Tombides who has undergone surgery this week.

Just to say that our thoughts and prayers are with you Dylan mate and your family. Stay strong, we are all behind you, we are here for you and we all wish you well.

We hope that he comes through it all unscathed and gets back to good health and fitness very soon and we see him back on that pitch sooner rather than later, which if you know Dylan, it will be the sooner!

Thank you to all of you who will be supporting us at Portman Road on Tuesday and here's to another good result for us.

Come on you Irons!

Kevin Nolan