Ipswich Town fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Accrington Stanley this weekend to halt their momentum.
A 6-0 victory over Doncaster leading up to the fixture seemed to be the catalyst for Paul Cook’s men to really start firing, and when they took the lead through Macauley Bonne on Saturday, another victory seemed likely.
However, an awful second half saw the hosts deservedly get two goals to take the points, leaving the Tractor Boys 19th in the table and nine points away from the play-off places.
Clearly, that isn’t good enough, and here we look at THREE things we learnt following a fourth league defeat of the season…
A lot of work needs to be done
This was a timely reminder that Ipswich hadn’t cracked it after the big win over Doncaster that made it seven points from nine.
Fingers will rightly be pointed at the defence as they once again conceded another two goals, but the problems were all over the pitch as the side offered zero threat in the second half.
Cook knows what it takes to be successful at this level but he will be aware he has big problems going on Saturday’s showing.
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The mentality must change
Perhaps more worryingly was the fact that it wasn’t down to tactics or individual errors. Instead, it appeared the team simply weren’t up for the fight that they should’ve known was coming.
Comments from Sam Morsy reflected that, as he claimed Accrington played ‘like a non-league’ team. The former Wigan man is another who has proven himself at this level, but the fact he was speaking like that hinted at a complacency in the dressing room.
Accrington’s style is clear and it’s about dealing with it, not moaning afterwards in the press.
Macauley Bonne can be the prolific striker they need
It wasn’t all bad news for Ipswich though, as Bonne got on the scoresheet again, making it eight from nine in the league since signing.
That is an excellent return for the striker and it shows that Cook has a clinical forward that can get near the 20+ goals you would want from a number nine.
Now, it’s about getting the rest of the team right, with Bonne one of few positives about Ipswich currently.