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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale Ipswich Town Reaction

City suffer defeat against Ipswich Town...

29 October 2019

The Sky Blues Under-23s slumped to defeat last night at Portman Road against Ipswich Town in Professional Development League action.

Two goals either side of half time for the hosts ensured a late City fightback wouldn’t be enough, as Josh Eccles scored in the 89th minute with a well struck volley.

Defeat means the Sky Blues remain second in the Southern side of the division, five points behind league leaders Watford, with a game in hand.

Reflecting on the game following the full-time whistle, Under-23s Head Coach, Luke Tisdale admitted he was disappointed with what he saw from his side.

He said: “It was probably our poorest performance of the season; we didn’t do anything that we were very good at earlier on in the season and we’ve got to get back to basics a little bit.

“You’ve got to give credit to Ipswich to be fair, they were better than us with the ball, better than us without the ball and we need to get back to making sure we can implement our philosophy and the way that we want to play in games.

“In the last two games in a row we’ve spent the majority of the time without the ball and we need to get back to performances where we try and implement what we’re good at and we haven’t done that the last two games really.

“We had a lot of possession in the back third again, but we’ve got to find better solutions to breaking teams down, playing through teams.

“When we did create chances, we didn’t take them, we had some good chances to equalise, the second goal kills us really because its during a period of the game where we were creating chances.

“Dexter (Walters) gets in at the back post and David (Bremang) gets in one on one and we have to make sure we take chances and swing the momentum in games really.”

City seemed to up the ante in the final ten minutes as they looked to fightback in the game and after Josh Eccles found the back of the net, they almost scored a leveller through ‘keeper Ben Wilson.

Tisdale told how his side need to improve in the final third when creating chances and the goal eventually came too late for them to really kick on.

“Declan (Drysdale) has a massive chance just before half time as well so if that goes in you can go in at half time 1-1 and start to rectify the problems within the game and you’re doing it from a position of being level rather than being behind and chasing the game.

“We’ve probably missed four or five really good chances in the game, but even if we’d have come away with a draw or a win, we’d still be very disappointed in the performance we’ve put on, that’s not us.

“We have to go back to basics a little bit and making sure we can do what we’re very good at and having the personality to go out and impose ourselves on other teams.

“Will Bapaga gave us a real spark when he went out and allowed us a little bit of creativity in the final third and got us in the penalty area a bit more.

“But, when we created chances, but we didn’t commit enough bodies into the penalty area when we were crossing it, we didn’t take on enough shots, we haven’t worked the goalkeeper enough really until the last 10 minutes.

“We get the goal, but it came too late for us really, if we’d have scored 20 minutes earlier, we might go and nick a draw but like I said we would still be disappointed with the performance.”


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