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Ipswich Town's interim manager John McGreal has no problem with fans voicing their unhappiness



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Interim manager John McGreal felt that Ipswich Town's supporters had every right to voice their displeasure at Tuesday night's performance away at Charlton Athletic.

The Tractor Boys were beaten 2-0 at The Valley, which was followed by some unsavoury scenes when Town defender Toto Nsiala got involved in a heated verbal debate with a number of fans.

Nsiala has since issued an apology for his part in proceedings – and McGreal believes it was a case of emotions getting the better of those involved.

Toto Nsiala clashed with Ipswich fans on Tuesday night. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Toto Nsiala clashed with Ipswich fans on Tuesday night. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"When they're coming in their thousands like they did the other night and it's two weeks before Christmas, and it's rain and it's wind and trying to get themselves across London to get to the game – they've got every right to have a moan," he said.

"I'm not going to disagree at all with what's gone on. Toto has come into the press and done his statement, so fair play to Toto and apologising to the fans.

"Emotions got the better of both parties the other night, but the fans have come in their thousands and we needed to put on a better performance then we did.

"We're hoping now there is going to be a reaction to put on a better performance this coming Saturday because there will be thousands again, that's the way the fans are. They live and die by the badge and we have to put on better performances."

A journey to second-placed Wigan Athletic is what awaits Ipswich and their travelling band of supporters on Saturday.

McGreal went to watch the Latics beat Shrewsbury 2-1 last night and is well aware of threat posed by Leam Richardson's men.

He added: "(They're) very efficient in what they do. Different to Charlton – Charlton are efficient in what they do and Wigan are very efficient in what they do.

"It's going to be a really, really tough game. Wigan keep going and going and going – you only have to look at their results throughout the season.

"Again, our boys need to stand up and be counted and be accountable for what's going on out on the pitch.

"There's information we put into them, but we all have to be one and that's the most important thing. It's being a collective and trying to win as a collective as well."