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Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook responds to criticism over current position in League One table

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Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook was in defiant mood ahead of tomorrow's trip to Portsmouth (7.45pm).

The Tractor Boys' indifferent start to the League One campaign continued on Saturday when they threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Cambridge United.

It is now one defeat in seven for Cook's men, but they sit 15th in the table, five points adrift of the play-offs.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook. Picture: Andy Jones
Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook. Picture: Andy Jones

However, asked during this morning's press conference if the criticism over the current league position was justified, the boss replied: "We've lost one game in seven.

"If you look at the previous seven we played we never won, we've now lost one in seven. If we can go through the next seven games and lose one I'll be absolutely delighted.

"If people want to look at league tables now, good luck. I watch punditry now, every manager is getting questioned and I feel sad about where the game is going.

"I feel sad that people want to tell you where your season is going (to end) after 12 games because I can guarantee our supporters I don't know where we're going to finish but I know it's going to be a hell of a lot higher than where are today.

"Analysing games every week and substitutions every week, it becomes tedious for us managers, it really does, especially when you're working ever so hard behind the scenes to make it right.

"You can look at the league positions, our fans can. Anybody in this neck of the country thinks we're happy with our league position then they're deluded. If we were to lose only one out of the next seven, would our league position be the present one? No. So let's all stop debating what we're trying to do, where we're trying to go and can we be promoted in October?

"Well unless the EFL start changing the rules, I don't think anyone can be promoted in October, not even Wigan, Sunderland, Plymouth who are flying. But we'll just keep doing our best to catch them."

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