NIGEL Reo-Coker has read the riot act at the “embarrassing and lazy” defending of his team after the Blues were hammered 5-0 by Crystal Palace.

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Calamitous Town gave away three penalties in 11 second-half minutes to gift Ian Holloway a debut victory in charge of the newly-installed league leaders.

For Mick McCarthy, the size of his task at Portman Road has been made abundantly clear with basement club Ipswich now five points adrift of safety and with a minus-20 goal difference.

And former Premier League midfielder Reo-Coker spared no feelings with a brutal assessment – that mirrored loanee Richie Wellens damning criticism of the team last month.

Reo-Coker said: “The goals we conceded were embarrassing. That’s not the level we are at – and that’s not Championship level.

"I have made it very clear in the dressing room that this will never happen again"

Nigel Reo-Coker

“It was schoolboy defending. I have made it very clear in the dressing room that this will never happen again. They didn’t have to work hard at all to get the goals, we gifted them five through lazy defending and no will-to-win.

“We should all be embarrassed about it. You don’t concede three penalties in a game, not at this level.”

Four second-half goals, including two penalties scored and one missed, saw the rampant Eagles soar to the top of the Championship.

Now with McCarthy’s first home match in charge against Burnley on Saturday, the experienced Reo-Coker has made it clear what he expects.

He said: “This is not about management, new or old – I think that’s just an easy cop-out for some players.

“This is about the players, they need to stand up as men and be counted. It is about having desire and working hard and we did not work hard enough.

“Today is the bottom line – this is where it stops. I haven’t come here to be made to look like a fool. As long as I am here, it’s not going to happen again.”

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41 comments

  • Well said Reo-Coker Yes he is only a loan player who by the way has good premier leage experiance. But he speaks the truth and prehaps he is the only one in the dressing room with the balls to come out with it! Why should he come to a club on loan and be made to look a fool?????

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    Daley

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Well said Jerry Jones!

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    Jamie D

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • Sounds like they need a closed doors session at the training ground with no press or public within hearing distance to get all the repercussions out of their system. To an outsider, it looks like a big "them and us" crack appearing. Players on inflated wages and ego's (talking of which, where has Chopra gone these days?) .

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • I suppose we could say this: if we'd been offered three points in advance of Birmingham and Palace away we'd probably have taken them. It would be interesting to hear from supporters who were actually at Selhurst Park. How dire were we? The reality is, we've got MM for better or worse and for now he's stuck with the team he's inherited. Maybe we should put the whining on hold for a bit and get behind them.

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    Jerry Jones

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Rep-Coker seems to have a different perception of the game last night to tthe one that I saw! the amount of times that he had space to take the ball forward but instead chose to lay the ball sideways or backwards made understand why he had never progressed from being a talented young player and I would have subbed him in the first half when he was stood pointing at other players rather than expend some energy of his own! He was the perfect example of teh failings of reliance upon loan players as unlike others who use it to stake a claim he appeared to mistakenly think he was a better player than the others! I sincerely hope that his loan will not be extended!!

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    andy wales

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Well said. !

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    brisie58

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Brave words Nigel but will they fall on deaf ears? Its obvious from last nights performance that we need a right back and a strong central defender who will organise and lead from the back, and kick some backsides when its not going well, Then we need a striker who will go in where it hurts. Put them on your christmas list Mick!!

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    Seaside Sam

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Well said Nigel. Plus MM will have now seen who he needs to ditch for Saturday's match. One or two choices are pretty easy unless he's as attached to old boys as much as his predecessor was?

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    CasperF

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • He is of course spot on with this scathing verbal barrage. It is indeed rather ironic that it is our loan players who were loathed by some supporters when Jewell hired them that have come out fighting. Keep them on I suggest and get rid of the permanent fixtures in the team!

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    FRANK WESTON

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Frank, even a stopped watch tells the right time twice a day, so well done. As you have disagreed with me so much, can you point out where I have been wrong? All I can think of so far, is that I thought Birmingham would get promoted this year, and that is still not impossible. What else have I got wrong Frank?

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    Kevin Bailey

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • Fine words Nigel but you were one of the weakest performers out there last night. You better sharpen up yourself.

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    RK, poet, bum or fool?

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Things haven't got better with the influx of loan players who are not fit enough to play 90 plus minutes. It's early days for MM and he cannot be held responsible for the mess that Messrs Keane, Jewell and Clegg have left. I do however hope MM realises very soon that Hyam and Carson will give their all and I've thought for a long time that Murphy simply does not do enough to deserve being selected ahead of others in the squad.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Reo Coker and Wellens sound like proper footballers to me. Compare them to our defence (and most of the midfield and attack, come to that) who’ve been an embarrassment for seasons now. ITFC should blaze a trail for other clubs to enable them to get rid of indolent, useless players. Sack these wasters and if they want to take it to court to get their remaining salary then just show them some DVDs of our keystone kops clowns. There are players at this club who not only deserve sacking, but don’t deserve to earn a living in this game ever again. So we play the kids and lose until the transfer window? So what. We’re going to do that anyway. This is the fault of ME and Clegg’s hopeless complacency by not getting rid of the uber-turkey PJ a year ago.

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    Pete James

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Again we are hearing what a player has (supposedly) said.What we would like to hear Mr Gooderham is what has the Manager said to the usual suspects (that's all of them) at training today. Isn't about time that the EADT got on the side of us suffering supporters and asked ITFC what the hell is going on.

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    how'd the town do

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • The most interesting thing would be the real thoughts of Mick McCarthy. Does he realize the shambles he has inherited ? I can see why, if true, he has been offered an enormous sum to keep us up. It may also require an enormous sum to get in the right players to save us as what we have is a team of could be's, wanna be's or never will be's. A hotch potch of players either unwilling or unable to perform to the standards required. At the same time, players that we have sold, let go or discarded perform with regular high standards. Yes, Mick has a hell of a task to turn us around. There are a lot of players get well paid to kick a bag of wind about, whilst hard working loyal fans stump up their hard earned cash. It's about time they repaid these people for their, what is becoming, misplaced loyalty. So either shape up or ship out.

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    whymarkmariner

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Perhaps Nigel, you and your team mates will now understand how it feels to be a supporter of a club in such disarray? It would be a very brave young person who would admit or consider supporting ITFC given the attractions of top Championship Clubs and of Premier League football on TV. Not only have we apparently destroyed our team's capability and capacity by short term incoherent and questionable strategy, we are more worryingly at risk of losing our young (and older) fan base..... A generation of football fans and more. History is important and a failure to recognise the mistakes of our past must surely have contributed to our present and the future. A well placed understanding of history builds a strong and successful future. Leaving that to one side, ITFC currently appears to sell too many aspiring and gifted young players, has rejected opportunities to build the most outstanding academy which would be the core of future success (history learning), brought in too many loan players with no real affinity to the club (learning from the past, history again contributing to the future), failed to secure a dominant character to lead the team on the pitch (history shows all good and great teams have an outstanding leader on the pitch), and probably failed to grasp the inexorable link between having a great manager and building a great team. Okay all this takes time and money. If our expectations have been too high then perhaps we need to be prepared for League One football, stop kidding ourselves and build a future based on what we can afford? Regardless of this we need a core to build the foundations upon, and where is this core? Too many changes, too many rash introductions which were quickly dropped. This has to stop. We need strong, effective, hard, vocal leadership on the field and players who know what the rest of the world has to experience in a time of austerity. Wages are unreal, expectations of players out of sync with the real world. If ITFC was a pop group then very few fans would be paying to see their performances.

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Jed scott just want to say I don't care if we get relagatef ill always support ipswich .I will love us to stay up I have great faith in mick mccarthy.he cannot wave his magic wand it takes time. Keep believing

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    Itfc Fred

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Please Mick, now that you have seen the real Ipswich assembled by Paul Jewell.. can you please play a proper right back and drop as many of these terrible loan players as possible

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    Vanmunt

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Well said Nigel, if only the rest of the team had that desire and winning mentality. Need to get a decent right back in, Edwards can't defend.

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    RC

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Reo-Coker for manager!!! :-))

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    Steveo 999

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • What a sad day when it takes 2 loanees to state the obvious about the current set of players that Jewell assembled. No guts - no passion and unfortunately in many cases no skill. I could not believe what I saw when ITFC players virtually stepped to one side to allow opponents pass. I do not believe that McCarthy can be held responsible for this defeat - he needs to be allowed more than 2 games to assess what he has inherited. Although he must be shocked at what he saw last night. Quite frankly it would be better to go on the field with less than a full team rather than let some of those currently in the first team ever put on the shirt again.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • There can be no doubt who are responsible for this poor and embarrassing result. Whilst the previous management team brought together this group of players, the players themselves must now shoulder their responsibility. A shame, shambles and shambolic state. Either the players put up or they accept together and individually that they are not Championship quality. There must be no hiding place on Saturday. Play for the shirt for 90+ minutes, give very drop of energy and skill you have, work for the team like this is your last ever match.... and at the final whistle each one of you should stand and applaud every part of the stadium as the people who pay your wages deserve to be shown some respect to. Many of us have endured the past years and witnessed the decline in attitude, effort, passion, commitment, professionalism and respect for the fan base. I hope that the team will now play as a team and deliver the performance the fans have been deprived of for so long and for so many matches. Make no mistake there are very many fans who do not recognise the team as ITFC, at times it is more akin to watching a bunch of players who have never played together before, have no affinity to Ipswich (and Suffolk) and could not care less what the result is at the end. I can't believe that I am writing this comment, but equally I can't believe what has happened to this club; and if the past is of no importance, the past record of no consequence, then this group of players has contributed to the demise of our club's standing in the minds of Ipswich Town supporters and of the true football fan everywhere. Many should hang their heads in shame.

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • MY ADVICE TO ALL THEM PLAYERS IS DO A ( JIMMY BULLARD ) FOR GODS-SAKE

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    MIGUEL100

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Jerry - I was there, we were very poor, creating just one half chance in the entire game. Even without the penalties we were thrashed 3-0. Midfield loanees poor. Anyway, we are going to win on Saturday. COYB.

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    RK, poet, bum or fool?

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • I am not a football manager , all i can say is that i have been playing and watching games for more than 40 years , and it is painfully obvious even to me that this defence is a contradiction to the word , it cannot defend or mark or cover or pressurise corners , it is bereft of a natural right back and has been since roy keane sold david wright , ok , we are limited to what we can do untill january but i would damn well try other players in all positions wheather they worked out or not , why do we see those same 4 names week in week out? , the midfield has seen over a dozen players come and go and is still in a state of flux , but by far the best of those i have seen has been hyam and luongo , both of whom are inexplicably passed over in favour of short term loans and big names with big opinions , up front and out wide we are not even close to the mark and i would be playing youth team players in these positions on the cant be any worse basis. But the truth is , we are not likely to see any of this happening and quite alot of itfc supporters are sick to death of being the whipping boys of this league while people hum and hah over what should be done and those that can actually do it , choose to do nothing.

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    KEVIN FRANCIS

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Well said Nigel - that message needs to be shouted loud and clear to every player in the club. The fans do not deserve this standard of football and commitment. Fans are coming in every week home and away who can really barely afford to do so because of their love of and commitment to the club.Time you all stood up and be counted and count your pay packet and see if YOU have that same level of loyalty!

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    John Maynard

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Keane took a team full of young lads and home grown players, that had narrowly missed the play offs, and destroyed it and the heart of the club. Great to see Walters, garvan, Rhodes etc doing so well but shame it is not at town. PJ simply steadied the ship initially but then fell into the same trap of bringing rubbish mercenaries in. I really fear we will go down and jan window will be too late.

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    Tom

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • I'd like to congratulate the lads after last night. They kept it to 5-0. Palace should have scored after two minutes. They had what looked like a decent goal disallowed. And they declined to score from their third penalty award. So, well done the lads for keeping the result in check. And congrats to Reo Coker. You win Brass Neck of the Year Award. For me, you were the worst player on the pitch.

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    Bertie Shrimp

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • SELF MADE MILLIONAIRE TAKES TEAM DOWN TO 1st DIVISION (3rd) WITH OLYMPIC BROWN NOISED CHUM, WHILST WRECKING MANAGERIAL CAREERS ! BRING ON THE POLISH VOKDA MAKING TYCOONS!

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    James "The Cat"

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Hilarious stuff - the Viz-like EADT is in table-topping form with this puerile nonsense. If even one word of this is true the arrogance of these 'footballers' beggars belief - as does the short-sightedness of a local paper that thinks bottom of this division with a goal difference of minus 20 ... TWELVE worse than anybody else and THIRTEEN less goals than the team immediately above them is retieveable in the short term. Town have dismantled their entire set-up in recent years, have virtually no contracted players and nobody to build a team around. To compound this somewaht dire situation they have appointed a manager with no experience of lower league football, no experience of a relegation scrap in this division and no experience of working with a cash-strapped club. Gruff Yorkshire soundbites might work in the press room - but they have little relevance or meaning in reality. January must seem a long way off to Mick The Man right now.

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    Rob Steroo

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • I see our Norwich friends are at it again. Ignore their puerile nonsense, even their Norwich compratriots write them off as deranged lunatics

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    Rex Ide

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • I was hoping that we would put in a decent performance, even though I expected us to lose. Reo-Coker again is right, as Wellens was, and I repeat my assertion, that as the situation deteriorated significantly under Jewell, on Clegg's watch, with him as CEO, that Clegg should go.

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    Kevin Bailey

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Perhaps Nigel, you and your team mates will now understand how it feels to be a supporter of a club in such disarray? It would be a very brave young person who would admit or consider supporting ITFC given the attractions of top Championship Clubs and of Premier League football on TV. Not only have we apparently destroyed our team's capability and capacity by short term incoherent and questionable strategy, we are more worryingly at risk of losing our young (and older) fan base..... A generation of football fans and more. History is important and a failure to recognise the mistakes of our past must surely have contributed to our present and the future. A well placed understanding of history builds a strong and successful future. Leaving that to one side, ITFC currently appears to sell too many aspiring and gifted young players, has rejected opportunities to build the most outstanding academy which would be the core of future success (history learning), brought in too many loan players with no real affinity to the club (learning from the past, history again contributing to the future), failed to secure a dominant character to lead the team on the pitch (history shows all good and great teams have an outstanding leader on the pitch), and probably failed to grasp the inexorable link between having a great manager and building a great team. Okay all this takes time and money. If our expectations have been too high then perhaps we need to be prepared for League One football, stop kidding ourselves and build a future based on what we can afford? Regardless of this we need a core to build the foundations upon, and where is this core? Too many changes, too many rash introductions which were quickly dropped. This has to stop. We need strong, effective, hard, vocal leadership on the field and players who know what the rest of the world has to experience in a time of austerity. Wages are unreal, expectations of players out of sync with the real world. If ITFC was a pop group then very few fans would be paying to see their performances.

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • We've heard it all before, and we'll hear it all again. All talk, no action.

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    Ted Maul

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Well said Jerry Jones!

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    Jamie D

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • Itfc Fred ??? You don't care if town get relegated ??? And you will always support them no matter what ??? Its clueless fans like you who makes sure nothing is ever done to improve things at portman road and pay the garbage players their wages !!!

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    ged scott

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Cut their wages ...no win no money ..that will buck them up ...if they dont like it they will have to lump it ...they get paid whether they perform or not ...

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    ukmartian

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • For the first time in a long time I find myself agreeing with Kevin Bailey! Simon says is way out of his depth in his current position and the sooner he moves back into his comfort zone which is athletics the better for everyone!

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    FRANK WESTON

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • Oh dear! oh dear! and there was those town fans thinking bringing in mccarthy was going to solve all towns problems on the pitch.Well Reo-Coker the biggest fools are the fans who pay to watch this rubbish thats being played this season by the worst team in towns history. Paying in the £30s to watch absolute garbage and with a goal deficit of 20 and the worst attack, mid-field and defence in the league put together with already 5 points from safety town look Division 1 bound for certainty. I wonder if these foolish fans will pay £30 next season to watch Yeovil etc?

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    ged scott

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • I think I must have missed something, didn't realise that Reo-Coker was playermanager, I thought somebody had said that Mick McCarthy was the new Manager. Never mind.

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    how'd the town do

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • What has happened to Mr Chopra who I seem to remember at the beginning of the season said he was fitter than he had ever been and was going to repay the debt to ITFC by scoring loads of goals. Presumably it is a case of foot and mouth but the foot doesn't seem to be connecting, that is when he is selected.

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    how'd the town do

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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