Luke Woolfenden and Stuart Taylor say Ipswich Town have to start games better after home defeat to Swindon Town
A fourth defeat in their last five Sky Bet League One home matches left Ipswich Town assistant manager Stuart Taylor and defender Luke Woolfenden acknowledging they have to quickly address their slow starts.
Town - who now lie eighth - started 2021 with a disappointing 3-2 defeat to a Swindon Town side who had sat gone into Saturday evening's SKY televised game one place off the bottom of the table with one point from their last six matches.
Despite Town's possession stats being superior once again, Diallang Jaiyesimi’s first-half header gave the Robins the advantage at the break.
Substitute James Norwood got the hosts back into the game, before the visitors went back infront from a wonder goal from Scott Twine and Jaiyesimi added his second with a cross-cum-shot that found the bottom corner.
Alan Judge gave the Blues hope with a late goal, but it was Swindon who claimed the victory as Ipswich returned to action for the first time in 25 days, following four postponements due to Covid-19 outbreaks.
Paul Lambert, who is still feeling the effects of the virus, watched the game in one of the executive suites at Portman Road, with Stuart Taylor and Matt Gill taking charge of proceedings on the touchline.
"It wasn't good enough and we spoke about that in the dressing room after the game," Taylor told Jacob Henderson for the club website.
"We can't afford to start games like we did and expect to win. Every aspect of the first half was disappointing.
"The last half an hour or so was better in that we played with more intensity and purpose, but we need to start games like that as well.
"Like I said, it wasn't good enough so there is loads of room for improvement.
"We have to take our medicine and learn from what we didn't do well today but we also want to move on and get the result we want at Burton next weekend."
Woolfenden: Players have to take responsibility
Town defender Luke Woolfenden spoke to iFollow Ipswich with a full transcript of Jacob Henderson's interview below.
Q. Woolfy this wasn't how we wanted to start the year, what are your thoughts on the result and performance?
A. Disappointing. The first goal we can prevent but the second one he's hit it in from about 30 yards, so that's a tough one. Two out of the three goals were rubbish ones to conceded, though. Even though we scored two I don't think we caused them enough problems going forward either. Yep, just disappointing.
Q. What were you disappointed with in terms of the goals we conceded?
A. It's just stuff like pressing. We were going on our own. If you're on the pitch you can't always do what is being said from the sidelines, you need to go if it's set and right. You're the one playing so you need to do it yourself. That's the first goal. The second one we need to get tighter into the middle and the third one we've allowed him to come inside and he's scored.
Q. Were there honest words said in the dressing room after the match?
A. Yeah, there always are. It's easy to get in and everyone is saying this and shouting that, though. It's pointless and worthless because we should be doing it out on the pitch. That's what I mean when it's just talking and talking - it's a load of rubbish. Just go out there and do it on the pitch.
Q. Is that particularly frustrating for you as players, that we have been in disappointing situations a few times recently when what we all want to do is put things to bed and move forward?
A. Yep. It's cliché but we just have to keep going. We have to keep working hard and hope that the rub of the green starts coming our way. We want to keep working and then be more solid out there and create more chances because that's what we need.
Q. If we're serious about a promotion push this season have we got to fix this instantly?
A. Yeah definitely. The league is tight as anything and there are plenty of teams still in and around it. It's not dead and buried. Everyone will be disappointed and there will be a feeling of doom and gloom but we need to, first of all stop conceding goals, and secondly, score more and look more threatening.
Q. We all want to stay positive, Woolfy, so how do you pick yourselves up and go again at Burton next weekend? That's another opportunity to get a result...
A. The break that we've had over Christmas has caused carnage to the fixture schedule so there is always a chance at the next game to put it right. There's no point me saying that, though, if we're not going to do it in training. But then I can't really say that because we do work hard in training. I'm a bit lost for words to be fair, I'm not really sure what to say. We just have to keep going and keep fighting.
Town's next game is at basement side Burton Albion, now managed by their former boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink once again, on Saturday (3pm).
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