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Ipswich Town's wait for a victory continues as AFC Wimbledon claim late draw at Portman Road




That sound you can hear is the voices of discontent ramping up a notch or two. That is because for the fifth time this season, Ipswich Town tried – and failed – to rack up a victory in League One.

Manager Paul Cook said in the build up to this afternoon's home clash with AFC Wimbledon that he understood if supporters did not fully trust him – and throwing away a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw is going to have done nothing in his bid to restore some faith.

A Joe Pigott penalty and a goal from Wes Burns in the space of two second-half minutes seemingly had the hosting Tractor Boys on the way to a first three points of the campaign.

Paul Cook appears despondent after the draw with Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Paul Cook appears despondent after the draw with Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin

However, Ben Heneghan halved the deficit in the 58th minute before the visiting Dons nicked a point via Jack Rudoni in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Jeers could be heard at the final whistle, with the result seeing Town sitting in the bottom four, albeit with the campaign very much in its infancy.

"You never try and kid supporters and the people that come to the game," Cook told BBC Radio Suffolk as he reflected on the disappointing result.

Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"We have to learn from what we've done and unfortunately at the moment, we're not (learning).

"You could feel in the stadium at 2-0 there was a lovely atmosphere, it was jovial. Unfortunately when they got the goal you feel the tension in the stadium come and you also feel the tension in the players – decision making if you like.

"The best way to deal with it is to keep the ball but at the moment it isn't happening as well as it should be.

"We've scored two goals at home and haven't won – we had a lot of chances. If you go 2-0 up at home in front of a fantastic crowd you have to go on and win the game.

Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"Confidence in football is key. The reality is our fans want to transmit positive energy, but unfortunately we couldn't give them that."

Cook went on to reveal that next week's scheduled clash with Wycombe Wanderers could be postponed because of international call-ups.

Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Match action from Ipswich Town's draw with AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Barry Goodwin

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