Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook reacts to another goal-less draw at Charlton Athletic
Paul Cook pulled no punches during his pre-match press conference yesterday morning, but it was the same old story for goal-shy Ipswich Town at Charlton Athletic this afternoon.
In the wake of the 3-0 midweek defeat at struggling AFC Wimbledon, Cook – who was appointed Town boss early last month – insisted he would become 'Demolition Man' over the coming weeks as he plans to make sweeping changes to his squad.
The former Wigan Athletic manager has been left far from impressed with the standard of player he has inherited at Portman Road, stating: "I offer very little criticism to the team but, at the minute, I don’t like the team and I haven’t got a clue what I’m getting out of them. That will end at the end of this season."
And yet with those words ringing in their ears it was another largely insipid showing from the Tractor Boys – albeit against a higher calibre of opposition – at The Valley today, where Ipswich played out a 0-0 draw. It's the fourth time Ipswich have been involved in goal-less games in their last six outings.
Indeed, Cook's men could only muster five shots (two on target) across the entirety of the 90 minutes in southeast London.
Nevertheless, results elsewhere meant ninth-placed Ipswich actually moved closer to the play-offs than they were before kick off, with the gap to Portsmouth in sixth now four points.
Ipswich return to action on Tuesday when they travel to relegation-threatened Northampton Town (7pm).