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Ipswich Town taste defeat at home to Rotherham United in a 'disappointing' night for manager Paul Cook



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Paul Cook believes Ipswich Town were 'beaten by a better team on the night' as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at home to Rotherham United.

Goals from Ben Wiles and Shane Ferguson saw Cook's side fall to their seventh league defeat of the season and to 13th place in Sky Bet League One.

It is now just one win in five for Ipswich, who will turn their attention to the visit of bottom-of-the-table Crewe Alexandra on Sunday.

Speaking to iFollow Ipswich, Cook said: "[It was] not so frustrating if I am being truthful. We were just totally beaten by a better team on the night.

"It was such a disappointing night for us, and you can write a list of what we didn't do and what we feel went wrong.

"Sometimes you have got to take your hat off to the opposition - I thought they were excellent from the first minute."

The Ipswich boss made two changes to the side who lost 2-0 to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Conor Chaplin replaced Sone Aluko, while Scott Fraser came in for Kyle Edwards.

Despite the attacking changes, the Blues struggled going forward, posting just one shot in target during the 90 minutes.

After a free-scoring spell involving two 4-0 wins, it is now just three goals scored in the last six games in all competitions for Ipswich. Despite the concerns, Cook is hoping that his team can turn their form around.

"Tonight it was disappointing. We didn't create any chances tonight, whereas we did at Sunderland," Cook added.

"Everything we thought we were gaining towards, it has been really disappointing, because the Oxford, Sunderland and now this one - after the Wycombe and Portsmouth performances - we are disappointed. And sometimes you can't hide from criticism.

"We are 19 games in I think now. There will be no excuses from me in any shape of form about what has happened or what will happen. The reality tonight is we were way off it."