Stuart Taylor felt Ipswich Town deserved more as Blues slipped to defeat at Peterborough United
Ipswich Town's assistant manager Stuart Taylor felt a draw would have been a fairer reflection of the game, following a costly 2-1 defeat at Peterborough United last night.
James Norwood's sixth minute angled strike had seen Town race into an early lead but a 38th minute Jonson Clarke-Harris header and a 50th minute Joe Ward free-kick saw the hosts come out on top.
It saw Town slip a place to 11th in the Sky Bet League One table and five points adrift of sixth place, though worryingly closer to 17th (6pts) than fifth (9pts). They do hold games in hand on a number of sides, however.
Taylor, once again standing in for manager Paul Lambert, who was present in the dugout, told the local media: “Obviously we’re disappointed we didn’t come away with the win that we were looking for.
“The way we set out in the game was to go an be aggressive and be positive and go and attack them, not to come here and sit off against them and give them too much respect in terms of that.
“We know they’re one of the best attacking teams in the league, so it was important that we tried to flip it around the other way and try and attack them. We also knew it was going to be a second ball game; it was going to be back to front.
“Our start was what we were looking for; we went a goal ahead and everything was fine in that sense. But obviously late on in the first half one cross too many went into the box and we didn’t deal with the cross that came in and we lost the goal. We're really disappointed with that.
“With the second goal, we're disappointed that we gave away a free kick at the edge of the box. It was a fantastic finish and we're disappointed not to come out of anything from the game.”
Loanees Troy Parrott and Josh Harrop had shots saved in the dying seconds, and Taylor thought a draw from one of those going in would have been a fairer reflection of the game.
“I think so,” he said. “I don’t think there was much in the game at all. We had a good chance at the end, Troy Parrott, what an unbelievable save from the goalkeeper, it was just unfortunate it didn’t go in the back of the net for us, but I think a draw would have been a fair result.”
Supporters had vented their frustration on social media after the team was announced with Saturday's winning team against Blackpool broken up with veterans Luke Chambers and Stephen Ward coming back in at full-back in place of Luke Matheson and Myles Kenlock. James Norwood also started along with Teddy Bishop with Freddie Sears and Luke Thomas dropping out as the Blues started in a 4-4-2 diamond formation.
Of the changes, Taylor said: “I think it was being sensible in terms of the type of pitch that it was.
“We knew it was going to come back to front and we knew it was going to be lumped right on top of us. We knew they weren’t going to try and play because of the conditions. We went for a big, tall and experienced back four.
“Also on top of that, young Luke (Matheson) hasn’t played too much, so to ask him to play Saturday-Tuesday would have been too much for him.
“We went for a big, experienced back four to go and deal with it, which they did do for he majority of the game.
“Bringing (James) Norwood in as well to go two up front to try and turn it around the other way, rather than come here as an away performance and sit off them, we tried to go after them.
“That worked, in the first couple of minutes we got our goal, we started the game well, they got back into the game as the first half ended but certainly we still had chances in the first half.
“Second half, after they scored, I thought we turned the game around again and we finished the game off strongly.”
Asked about goalscorer Norwood, whose appearances have been limited by a hamstring this season, coming off at half-time, as the Blues reverted to 4-3-3, Taylor said: “He’s probably where he is at this moment in time is 45 minutes or 60 minutes in a game. In those conditions, that comes down to 45.
“We didn’t want to take the chance. We’ve not taken a chance previously but he has broken down, so we’re in a situation where we really want to be careful and build him.
“We’ve got just under half a season left, so there are loads and loads of games left, we just really need to make sure that we keep him fit for the remainder of the games.”
It was another game where Town have failed to live with one of the division's top sides, having now lost all nine fixtures against the current top seven sides now.
But asked about that record having to change if they are to have any chance of gaining promotion, Taylor replied: “Of course you need to win games, it doesn’t matter if it’s against the top of the league or the bottom of the league, you need to win games to finish in one of the top spots, no doubt about that. But they’re one of the best attacking line-ups and I thought for the majority of the game we did well against them, but obviously a ball in the box and it’s a good finish for the first goal and a good quality finish for the second goal.
“There are positives in the game, I’m disappointed we didn’t win the game, disappointed we didn’t get a draw out of the game, which would have been a fair enough result.
"But I thought Troy (Parrott) did fantastically again and he nearly got himself a goal at the end, if it hadn’t been for that great save.”
Next up for Town is an away game at a 17th-placed Shrewsbury Town side on Satuday (3pm) who will be bouyed by last night's 2-1 come-from-behind home victory over Sunderland.
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