Ipswich Town: Sam Morsy and Kieran McKenna speak on chance to bounce back against Millwall after defeat to West Brom
Ipswich Town captain Sam Morsy and manager Kieran McKenna are both eager to bounce back for tomorrow night’s home fixture against Millwall following their recent defeat at West Brom.
The defeat to the Baggies at the weekend was only the Tractor Boys’ second in the Championship this season and the first for 12 league matches.
Town remain second in the division, three points behind leaders Leicester and seven in front of Leeds in third.
Morsy, who played the full 90 minutes on Saturday, spoke on the 2-0 loss at the Hawthorns.
He told Town TV: “It’s always a learning curve really, they were really good on the day and we were probably below our normal level.
“They’re a good team, especially at home, and there are plenty of things to learn. We’ve reviewed it, analysed it, and we will come back stronger.
On the reaction from the players: “Really good, really positive. Especially in this league, you’re talking about how you react to results and we see it as an opportunity to get better.
“It’s about looking at it and seeing how you can improve individually and collectively, then bring it to the next game.
“You’re not going to win every game, but it’s about if you can bounce back with a win and that’s the important thing.
He added: “In training it’s been good, a bit of work in the classroom and pitch work. The lads getting in the work they need to and other lads are recovering, but we are all heading towards the same thing.”
Millwall currently sit 18th in the Championship table, however, only leaders Leicester, six, have conceded fewer than the seven the Lions have shipped on their travels in the league.
Boss Joe Edwards took charge at the start of November following Gary Rowett’s departure and won 4-0 at Sheffield Wednesday in his opening game - which ended a five-game winless run - before Saturday’s 3-0 home loss to Coventry in his second match.
Edwards joined Chelsea’s academy staff in 2004 and moved his way up the age groups, eventually working as Frank Lampard’s assistant at Stamford Bridge and knows McKenna well.
McKenna said to Town TV: “Joe’s someone I know well, he came through an academy background at a similar stage to me. When I was with Tottenham youth team, he was Chelsea’s youth team coach, so he’s someone I know well, a good coach, a good guy.
“Millwall are a really experienced Championship team, and have been really, really competitive at this level for a lot of years. They have got a lot of players who have done well for them across that period and brought in some good players this summer as well.
“So it will be a really tough game. I’m sure Joe will be trying to put his imprint in the team.
“They’ve had one big loss, one big win. That’s football sometimes. Having watched the games, they didn’t play as well as a 4-0 against Sheffield Wednesday and they certainly didn’t play as badly as 3-0 against Coventry.”
McKenna says the fixture on Wednesday night at Portman Road is not a case of his side reacting to the West Brom result.
“We didn’t have the whole group together last week really, so the last couple of days have been nice with everybody back in the building,” he said.
“We’ve just lost our first game in a long time against a really good team. It’s about full focus on the next game.
“That would have been the same whether we won on Saturday, drew on Saturday or lost on Saturday. It’s not necessarily about a reaction, certainly not in the context of where we are.
“It’s just being ready for the next game and it’s about this challenging month, 100 per cent focus for the next game, preparing ourselves as well as we can to go and try and perform.
“Whichever way the outcome goes, we move on very quickly to the next one.”