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Ipswich Town boss Paul Cook says players' arrogance was their downfall as Oldham Athletic get second chance of FA Cup upset with home replay



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Paul Cook said his Ipswich Town players' arrogance and poor mentality ended up costing them as they face up to going to lower-league Oldham Athletic for an Emirates FA Cup replay, following Saturday's 1-1 draw at Portman Road.

Wes Burns had put the Blues into an eighth minute lead but David Keilor-Dunn levelled before half-time, with only a 55th minute Christian Walton penalty save from Dylan Bahamboula prevented the League Two Latics from claiming the victory.

Fans had been expecting the usual host of changes to the Ipswich team but Cook only made one enforced alteration from the excellent 4-1 victory at high-flying Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday; Hayden Coulson replaced by Cameron Burgess.

Goalkeeper Christian Walton became Ipswich Town's FA Cup saviour on Saturday by saving a second-half penalty against Oldham Athletic Picture: Barry Goodwin
Goalkeeper Christian Walton became Ipswich Town's FA Cup saviour on Saturday by saving a second-half penalty against Oldham Athletic Picture: Barry Goodwin

But despite this and their early goal, the home supporters' wait for a first home FA Cup win, which now stretches back eight matches since a 3-0 victory over Chesterfield in January 2009, goes on.

Asked for his take on the game, Cook told iFollow Ipswich: "All in all it was probably up there with our worst performances of the year.

"From the start of the game, after Macauley had a header, we scored a good goal and we just never got going.

"The FA Cup is such a special competition and I think our supporters would have been excited by the side we picked.

"But the inconsistency of this team at the minute has been our consistency and that is a massive disappointment, and that is what we can do.

"It was a totally flat, inept, whatever adjective you want to use for as bad as we can be. And we relied on a magnificent penalty save from Christian Walton to keep us in the tie.

"Now we have got to travel up to Oldham on a Tuesday to put it right and that was all self-inflicted; it was all our own doing.

"There was an arrogance about us that wasn't good and unfortunately for us we ended up getting, in my opinion, what we deserved out of the game."

He added their mentality was not right as well as going on to credit League Two strugglers Oldham for what they were able to produce in front of a crowd of 8,845.

Although disappointed with the result, on-loan Brighton 'keeper Walton was able to reflect on being happy with his another strong display of his own.

"Yes, I'm really happy," he told iFollow Ipswich.

"What I focus on is my performance and if my performance is good I hope the teams is as well.

"Obviously I have worked hard in the time I was off injured and it is reaping the reward and long may it continue. Hopefully I can be a big figure in this club getting up the table."

Ipswich or Oldham will be ball number 26 in tonight's second round draw, which will take place on ITV following their televised tie of Dagenham & Redbridge hosting Salford City (7.45pm).

Second round ties will take place from Friday, December 3 to Monday, December 6.

* Meanwhile, supporters can watch tonight's fans' forum with Ed Schwartz, Paul Cook, Mark Ashton and Mike O'Leary live on the club's YouTube channel.

The event will begin at 7pm and conclude at 8.30pm, with tonight being the first opportunity for fans to meet Schwartz, the representative for ORG who own 90 per cent of Gamechanger 20 Ltd, as well as once again having the chance to pose questions to Town's manager, CEO, and chairman.

* A much-changed line-up is expected as the Blues return to action at Portman Road tomorrow night in a winner-takes-all Papa John's (EFL) Trophy Southern Group A final tie with Colchester United (7.45pm).

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