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Ipswich Town to ban under fives from lower tiers

Ipswich Town have decided to ban children under the age of five from sitting in the lower tiers at Portman Road next season, because the club is worried about them getting hurt.

Portman Road, Ipswich Credit: PA Images

The move comes after several youngsters were hit by footballs flying into the crowd recently.

The decision has upset some families who will now have to relocate to other areas of the ground, but the club says that they had to take action to avoid any more incidents.

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Reports: Norwich City target Rhodes closes in on Middlesbrough move

Jordan Rhodes could now join Middlesbrough. Credit: PA

Norwich City could be set to miss out on the loan signing of Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes.

The Canaries have been linked with a move for the former Ipswich Town man, but reports in the North East claim that he'll join promotion rivals Middlesbrough instead.

The news comes after Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer suggested yesterday that the Scottish International wouldn't be allowed to leave Ewood Park.

Derby County and Nottingham Forest have also been credited with an interest in Rhodes.

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Blackburn Rovers boss Bowyer moves to quash Norwich City Rhodes speculation

Jordan Rhodes looks set to stay at Blackburn Rovers. Credit: PA

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer says that striker Jordan Rhodes will not be leaving the club on loan, despite the former Ipswich Town man being linked with a move to Norwich City.

Newspaper reports had suggested that the Canaries were interested in taking the prolific forward on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent deal in the summer, but those rumours have been quashed by Bowyer.

Midlands rivals Derby County and Nottingham Forest have also been linked with a move for Rhodes but Bowyer says that the Scottish international will be staying put.

"I don't even understand why we would consider loaning Jordan.'

– Gary Bowyer, Blackburn Rovers manager

Peterborough United caretaker boss hails "massive signing" as Bostwick pens new deal

Michael Bostwick has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the club. Credit: PA

Peterborough United's Michael Bostwick has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the club.

The 26-year-old joined Posh from Stevenage in 2012, and has gone on to make over 100 appearances.

'It is a massive signing for the football club. He is a fantastic player and a fantastic leader in the dressing room and it is really exciting for us as a management team and it is exciting for the rest of the players in that dressing room.

I am sure it is exciting for the supporters too because I think they recognise what a talent he is. We hope that Michael will be a key part of what we are trying to achieve at this football club."

– Dave Robertson, Peterborough United caretaker manager

MK Dons manager Robinson struggles to hold back the tears following Williams injury blow

George Williams has been ruled out for four-six months. Credit: PA

On loan MK Dons midfielder George Williams has been ruled out for around six months after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

The 19-year-old will now return to parent club Fulham after picking up the injury in the Dons' defeat to Chesterfield last week.

The Wales international had a successful operation on Saturday.

Karl Robinson was devastated by Williams' injury. Credit: PA

"It was one of the most difficult hours I've had as a manager. The kid means so much to me as a person and I rate him so highly as a footballer.

I went home and cried to myself because I couldn't handle it.

I wish him all the luck in the world. I promised him that I will be at his first game back - I'm counting down the days."

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager
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Ipswich Town midfielder Chaplow: "We must be more ruthless"

Daryl Murphy's late penalty is saved. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Ipswich Town midfielder Richard Chaplow says it's important they bounce back quickly and be more ruthless in front of goal, with their Championship promotion hopes dented by back-to-back defeats.

The Blues lost 2-1 at Leeds United, three days after their 2-0 reverse in the East Anglian derby at Norwich.

Freddie Sears equalised for Ipswich after they trailed to an Alex Mowatt goal, but they conceded a second from Billy Sharp shortly afterwards.

And Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri denied Ipswich the chance of salvaging a point by saving Daryl Murphy's late penalty.

"Murph's been brave enough to step up and try and stick it in the back of the net.

He's had a tremendous season so far, he's our leading goalscorer, and when all is said and done the 'keeper's made a good save.

He tipped it onto the post and it wasn't quite our day. Hopefully on Saturday (against Brentford) when we get our chances we'll be a bit more ruthless and stick them away, and if we do that I've no doubt in my mind that we'll get the win."

– Richard Chaplow, Ipswich Town

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Back-to-back defeats for Ipswich Town

Mick McCarthy. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town stay a point outside the play-off zone following their defeat against Leeds.

They were a goal down at Elland Road before Freddie Sears benefitted from a goalkeeping mistake to equalise. The Blues conceded again shortly afterwards with Billy Sharp on target. Ipswich had a late chance to salvage a point after winning a penalty but Daryl Murphy's spot-kick was saved by Marco Silvestri.

It's now back to back defeats for the Suffolk club.

Colchester United manager Humes backs his side to avoid the drop

Tony Humes says that Colchester United can avoid relegation. Credit: PA

Colchester United manager Tony Humes still believes that his side can avoid relegation to League Two, despite a damaging defeat to Notts County last night.

Paddy McCourt scored the winner for the visitors midway through the second-half.

The result leaves Colchester two points from safety with 12 games remaining.

"The players are good enough to keep the club in League One, they've shown that on so many occasions this season.

But the home form has been an issue for the last couple of years and we haven't resolved it.

We have to be better and braver than that and the players are massively disappointed, as you would expect."

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager
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