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14 December 2018

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Former Ipswich Town loanee Callum Connolly chats about his recent involvement in some of Paul Cook's tactical switch-ups ahead of Latics' trip to Portman Road.

  • Latics Listen - Callum Connolly's segment on the latest episode of our podcast.
  • The midfielder talks in further detail about his recent impacts against Reading and Derby County.
  • Connolly looking forward to seeing some familiar faces at Ipswich Town this Saturday.

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Speaking on the latest episode of our official podcast Latics Listen, former Ipswich Town loanee Callum Connolly looked ahead to his return to Portman Road this weekend as Paul Cook's side aim to end their winless away run.

Connolly, who has been an influential substitute in two of Latics' recent matches against Reading and more recently in a back three against Derby County, began:

"I've enjoyed coming on in the last few games. It's been tough being in and out of the side because everyone wants to play in every game, but I feel like I'm ready to come on and help the team whenever the gaffer needs me.

"The Reading game was massive for us because we lost four games in a row and needed to change our run of results. We know we should have got all three points that day, but in the last 10 minutes or so the game was becoming stretched and we knew we needed to avoid getting beat again.

"The gaffer wanted to sure things up and add legs to the midfield and I feel like I came on and did the job well.

"It was completely different against Derby, but the manager made the perfect tactical decision. The formation really worked for us with 10 men. We did very well in the second half and we had chances.

"I've not played on the right of a back three very often, but it was enjoyable and I feel like I did well.

"At first we were called upon to defend for quite a big spell, but we quickly had a composed shape about us and we were arguably the better side over the course of the 90 minutes.

"I've played in a number of positions throughout my career so far and I've been happy to play in defence, midfield or even further forward.

"My main aim is to play in midfield, but if the gaffer wants me to play at the back then I'll definitely put a shift in for the team."

Connolly scored four goals in 34 appearances for Ipswich last season and ahead of his return to his former club, the 21-year-old continued:

"I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of the lads I played with last season and Portman Road is a great place to play football.

"I had a great season there last season, but things have started to change since then. There was a change in manager over the summer and then again during this season, so that's always going to be difficult, especially when different managers want to play different players.

"Five or six players came in and it's proved difficult for them to adapt. They found it really tough at the start, but I actually think they're finding their feet under Paul Lambert and I don't think it will be long until they start to catch up with the pack of teams above them."

On facing a team at the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship league table Connolly added:

"There's a lot of pressure on the shoulders of the team at the bottom of the league at any stage in the season, but they tend to play with freedom because they know there's only one way they can go.

"We've played QPR and Preston at times when they were both really struggling. At the time those results really hurt us and the supporters, but we use them to learn and we definitely approach games with a better mentality now.

"As long as we approach games 100% committed, we're confident we'll pick up results. You can't expect to win games in this division, you have to earn it."

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