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Robbo: We need to put it to bed on Tuesday

Post-match reaction from our Head Coach

24 April 2021

Mark Robinson expressed his disappointment after a missed opportunity at Ipswich today, but he said it was a sign of the progress made by his players recently.

The draw at Portman Road, coupled with results elsewhere, means that a victory at home to Rochdale on Tuesday would be enough to seal League One survival.

Speaking afterwards, Robbo said: "It's definitely mixed feelings, I thought we were excellent in the first-half, and I hope the fans could see that. They will be disappointed, like we are, that we have only come away with a point. The chances were there. They’ve put in a couple of great blocks, and we’ve missed chances that we should have scored, and the lads know that. The game could have been over in the first half an hour, so we are disappointed.

“We started the second half brightly and we could have scored when Ayoub cut inside and tried to round the keeper and we did have another chance as well, but they did come at us for 20 minutes. We were away from home so your opponents are going to have a spell. I thought we nullified that and we created a couple of half chances, though not as much as we would have wanted, but it shows the progress made that we’ve come to Portman Road and the players and staff are disappointed with a draw. We just need to put it to bed on Tuesday."

Asked about making changes to the starting line-up today and Ollie Palmer's fitness, Robbo added: “I had my hand forced today on changes, but it’s always difficult because you want to keep that momentum going. We had to change shape slightly today, but what was pleasing is that we continued to carry a threat. I know people will say that we scored no goals, but you could see the threat was still there. We just didn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

“Ollie didn’t react as well as we had hoped he would on Friday. We thought he would be okay, but it was worse than we thought, so it might be more long-term than we had hoped. We will have to wait and see."

For those that missed it on social media, Rob Cornell asked Ben Heneghan for his post-match thoughts straight after the final whistle and the interview is below.

 


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