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Ipswich Town dumped out of the FA Cup by League Two side Barrow



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Ipswich Town's disappointing season plummeted to new depths last night as they exited the Emirates FA Cup at lower-league Barrow.

An extremely lacklustre first half saw the hosts take control of the second round replay thanks to goals from Jordan Stevens and Robbie Gotts.

And while there was an improvement from the visiting Tractor Boys after the restart, the damage had already been done, with Barrow's 2-0 victory handing them a trip to Barnsley in the third round of the competition.

There was no excuses from Ipswich's interim manager John McGreal after the final whistle, telling the iFollow Ipswich: "We were poor in the first half and had to tweak things at half-time.

"We gave it a go in the second half but you can see the inconsistency from game to game and half to half. You've only got to look at the performance tonight compared to Wigan (1-1 draw on Saturday).

"You can see the inconsistency across the team but also in individual players. It's plain to see. They'll need to work hard and try to put things right.

"I keep mentioning the fans. Some of the performances we're putting on for our travelling supporters are criminal.

"There is a lot of work to be done, and the challenge is for the players to put on a performance for our fans at home this weekend."

It remains to be seen whether or not McGreal will remain in charge for Saturday's home League One clash with Sunderland, with around 30,000 supporters expected to be inside Portman Road.

Ipswich are currently on day 12 without a permanent boss after the decision was taken to sack Paul Cook following a 0-0 draw in the initial meeting with Barrow.

Chelsea coach Anthony Barry currently leads the betting market, while yesterday Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna emerged as a contender for the position.