Ipswich Town are not where they wanted to be after 15 games in League One.
The expectations are through the roof with the calibre of the 19 summer signings the club made under Paul Cook.
Hayden Coulson on loan from Middlesbrough has largely been playing second fiddle to Matt Penney at left back this season, but he was granted an opportunity in a more advanced role in the Tractor Boys’ defeat at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.
The 23-year-old was honest in his verdict on the side’s performance and the clear frustration that they are not yet competing in and around the top six when he spoke to Twtd.co.uk.
He said: “It doesn’t matter whether you win, lose or draw, there is always something to take from a game.
“In the end it wasn’t good enough on Saturday but if we can start putting away chances and seeing games out we’ll obviously benefit in terms of our league position. It’s clear we are going to have to start taking points off these sides if we are going to bridge the gap between us.”
There have been a lot of reasons for optimism at Portman Road in the last month or so as the players start to build relationships on the pitch. However, the loss in Devon was a significant backwards step that demonstrated the difference between Ipswich and Ryan Lowe’s league leaders.
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Ipswich Town should have no problems in closing the seven point gap between themselves and the play-off places. With Paul Cook’s experience at the level and the overwhelming quality of their squad now with the likes of Samy Morsy and Bersant Celina settling down in Suffolk they have no excuses.
Saturday was Coulson’s first start since mid September in what has been a pretty frustrating loan spell from Middlesbrough to this date. Town have the chance to bounce back against third placed Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday evening and to end the Chairboys’ 100% record at Adams Park so far this season.