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Post Ipswich | Steve Cotterill

18 March 2023


Post Ipswich | Steve Cotterill

18 March 2023

Manager Steve Cotterill met with the media following our 2-0 defeat at Ipswich Town.

Goals from George Hirst and Massimo Luongo saw The Tractor Boys extend their winning run to six games.

Town, though, did have chances to get more from the game.

In the first half, Luke Leahy had a powerful header saved by Christian Walton, Jordan Shipley was also denied by the keeper while Rekeil Pyke was inches away from tapping in a Rob Street cross.

Then after the interval, Chey Dunkley sent a header crashing against the bar from a corner.

Prior to kick-off, it was confirmed Tom Bayliss has been ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing ligaments in his ankle in last weekend's game against Morecambe.

We were also without Killian Phillips (concussion) at Portman Road. And Steve admitted losing those players for the trip to Ipswich was a huge blow - in a season that has also seen us lose Dan Udoh and George Nurse to injury.


"(We conceded) Two poor goals, we are disappointed with the goals we have given away and the manner of them. That was disappointing today. 

"The players always give it their all, but we cannot afford to have a couple of lads missing.  

"Today we could have done with Killian we could have done with Tom Bayliss. We could have done with them available and in our midfield. 

"That would have helped us - certainly as the game went on.  

"I think a few of our lads could have played a bit better than they did today.  

"I think Ipswich are probably the strongest team that we have played this season. They are really too big a club to be in League One so it’s always going to be difficult to compete when you come to places like this.  

"But all in all, the lads give what they can."  


"It wouldn’t have mattered if it would have 30 minutes into the game the second goal, or the 80th minute – it's always disappointing to concede a goal. 

"We were disappointed with how we defended both goals today because they were both preventable. 

"There is nothing new there. It is not something we have not already spoken about this week. There as nothing new.  

"But sometimes you come up against a team and there is not a lot you can do.  

"We are very, very, light. We have done it all season - we have pushed and pushed and pushed it as far as we can. 

"When you come up against sides like this, they can put five subs on and those five subs would probably get into our starting line-up. It is a fantastic luxury.  

"The challenge for Ipswich is not getting up it is when they get up, it is competing with those teams who are up. That will be the challenge.  

"So it’s been a very difficult day."   


"What you have to do is play well enough for those chances to go in. Then you might be lucky enough that those chances go in. 

"We didn’t play well enough in general for those chances to go in." 


"He got 30 minutes or so – I wouldn’t have thought there would have been too much more we could have done really. 

"It was good to see him back out there but it’s all too little, too late.  

"There is not a lot we can do. Our substitutes are our substitutes and then once we have used them we are done. 

"We have lost two midfield players in the last week. One is out for the season, the other one won’t be back now until we play our next game in Killian. 

"They have been instrumental parts of the team. Whenever we plug a hole in the boat with one cork, there becomes another hole. 

"And what you can’t do is continually keep plugging holes. That is what it is, we take one cork out and we put it somewhere else because there is a bigger leak. 

"It’s a huge achievement what the players have achieved this season really. 

"I wouldn’t say it was one game too far because we have got nine to go, but on days like today - and when we get a kick in the teeth with injuries – it doesn’t help when you have to come to Ipswich." 


"It’s another away game (at Charlton). What will that be now? It’s fantastic how these fixtures have fallen. It’s six out of eight now (away). 

"We had five out of seven including Ipswich, we miss a home game so it’s now six out of eight away games. Ridiculous that is. Absolutely ridiculous."


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