He got the handshakes and banter on the opening day of the season but unfortunately the hard-fought match passed him by. Instead his return for Ipswich Town against Spurs was on a freezing Tuesday night in front of a few hundred fans at St Albans.
Plagued by injuries during his time at the Lane, Scales missed out on what was a dream first fixture at his new club because of a slight thigh strain. Slight it may have been but he has yet to establish himself at Portman Road after missing the first few weeks of the season.
“It’s going well,” said Scales. “The team are doing well at the moment and we’ve had consistent performances since day one when we played Spurs in the first game.
“We felt we played well there even though we were on the wrong end of the result and since then we haven’t looked back. We’ve gone from strength to strength and it’s been a good season so far.
“Obviously the result of the good season is that I can’t get back into the team. It’s just one of those things. It’s frustrating.
“I had a slight thigh injury before the Spurs game and I was desperate to play in that but it was one of those things.
“The injury kept me out for the first couple of weeks, other lads got in, proved themselves and it’s been difficult for me because the manager doesn’t want to change things around.
“I can sympathise with his position because they have done so well and they’ve been rewarded with places in the first team.
“Injuries haven’t come into either. You would normally pick up and injury or two and then come in and be part of the squad but one of our strengths is that we haven’t had those injuries.”
Scales, at the Lane between December 1996 and this summer, has been surprised at out inconsistent start to the campaign.
He added: “I thought Spurs were going to do very well this year but they’ve had their problems — confidence, injuries, the usual stuff when a team doesn’t start the season well and with it being Spurs, that pressure increases along with the speculation and scrutiny. I have been surprised though.”
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It wasn’t the reunion John Scales had hoped for. He was no doubt hoping to receive the familiar handshakes and banter from his former Spurs team-mates after a hard-fought match in the Premiership.