Ipswich Town boss Paul Cook has admitted the team aren’t in the position he wants to be, as he indicated they can’t afford many more slip-ups following their defeat to Accrington last week.
The Tractor Boys were second best after the break against Stanley and deservedly fell to a 2-1 loss, meaning Ipswich are 19th in the table having picked up just ten points from ten games.
Clearly, for a side that were expected to be pushing for promotion, it’s not good enough. And, speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times, Cook acknowledged that he expected a better start and demanded improvements.
“Unfortunately for us we’ve probably left a couple of points out there we should have got. I’m sure a lot of other teams say that. But we’re also respectful of the ground we’ve got to make up. For us it’s about learning every day, working harder and the big learning curve is that if one team wants to work harder than the other, the reality is you will be in trouble.
“For us now, how many Accrington’s are you allowed a season? That’s always a big question for a manager. How many disappointing performances can you put in?”
Ipswich are back in action against Shrewsbury at Portman Road tomorrow.
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Nobody is going to argue with Cook here, as Ipswich have been a major disappointment this season. Admittedly, it was going to be hard to get a new squad working together immediately, but fans would expect better.
Pleasingly for the support, Cook isn’t trying to hide or make excuses. He is acknowledging the performances aren’t good enough and that they should be doing more.
Now though, it’s about delivering on the pitch and they will expect to get back to winning ways when they take on Shrewsbury tomorrow.
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