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Ipswich Town boss Paul Cook feels hugely let down once again as Blues play out goalless draw against AFC Wimbledon




Paul Cook said he had not seen a worst first half from a team he had managed than what his Ipswich Town players served up at Portman Road this afternoon in their 0-0 draw with 19th-placed AFC Wimbledon.

It left the new US ownership group still waiting to witness a goal from their purchase with the Blues having now gone more than 10 hours of football – more than six games – since they last hit the back of the net.

And they were indebted to David Cornell, who saved a 22nd minute penalty from Joe Pigott, for avoiding a third defeat in four games.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook speaks to the media at Portman Road Picture: Barry Goodwin
Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook speaks to the media at Portman Road Picture: Barry Goodwin

Cook, who had conceded their play-off race in Sky Bet League One was over following Tuesday's 3-0 defeat at lowly Northampton Town, was left far from impressed once again.

"The first half is possibly, and I've got a good memory, the worst performance by any of my teams I have ever seen in my whole managerial career," he told BBC Radio Suffolk's Breen Woolley in his post-match press conference.

"I have never seen a team play like that. I have never seen a team lack every quality on a football pitch, including the biggest one: honesty, and winning a second ball and going the basic stuff well.

"It is so disappointing but nothing will sway me now. I have been of a mindset for a period of time, probably before Marcus (Evans) left the club and the new ownership came on, with what needed to happen and the plans behind the scenes haven't changed.

"I just felt like we're not far off a Sunday league team that's won a cup to come and play at Portman Road.

"You look at the stadium being empty and you're so thankful that it is empty because the first half was an absolute shambles of a performance.

"In the second half I felt we were honest and we did a lot better.

"Dobs (Armando Dobra) came on and gave us a lift by just purely wanting to play football and wanting to be a kid that just loves football.

"You look at some of ours and it's like they don't like being footballers, so they won't have to wait much longer for that to happen."

He added: "I'm the manager of this team and I can't stand watching us play, and that breaks my heart as I stand here privileged to be a manager of the club.

"That team does not epitomise what I like about the game, it's the total opposite."

He went on to say he could not see them ending their scoring drought and quipped he would like to ban all the media from the remaining three games as "it is actually going to be quite pointless, isn't it?"

After saying his side did not represent him, Cook said: "I think we're soft, I think we lack character and we lack big players. And I hope and I pray that I am the one that can change that.

The point sees Town remain 11th in the table, but now six points adrift of the top six and with only bottom side Bristol Rovers and fourth-from-bottom Northampton Town (40) having scored less than their 41 goals this season.

With no midweek game to come, Town travel to Swindon Town next Saturday (3pm).

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