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We can’t keep letting leads slip, says Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith

PUBLISHED: 10:11 27 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:11 27 October 2014

Tommy Smith celebrates after giving Ipswich Town the lead against Huddersfield on Saturday. Photo: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Tommy Smith celebrates after giving Ipswich Town the lead against Huddersfield on Saturday. Photo: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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We have to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

Ipswich Town centre-back Tommy Smith shared the frustration of the club’s supporters following Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with Huddersfield Town.

Having been 2-0 up with 20 minutes to go, the Blues ended up clinging on for a point – goals from Smith and Christophe Berra cancelled out by Nakhi Wells’ penalty and header.

It was the fourth game in a row that Mick McCarthy’s men had failed to see out a victory after taking the lead.

“It has happened far too often and it is something we need to address,” admitted Smith. “We have to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Nottingham Forest and Blackburn both netted last-gasp equalisers against Mick McCarthy’s men before Cardiff came from behind to win 3-1 last Tuesday.

How quickly things change.

Thirteen points from a possible 15 in September saw McCarthy and Tyrone Mings named the Championship Manager and Player of the Month respectively. This time last week the team was unbeaten in eight. Now the statistic that jumps off the page is no wins from five.

“We have to try and put our finger on it,” said Smith. “We should be top six, but it is about putting the points on the board.

“When you have a look at how many points we should have and where we should be it is disappointing.

“Christophe had made it 2-0 and we should see the game out from there. They made a couple of substitutions and they caused us problems but we should have seen it out.”

McCarthy got involved in an angry exchange with a frustrated fan following the full-time whistle and, in his post-match press conference, called upon the club’s supporters to get behind their side during a tough period.

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Blues fans of all ages have gathered at Portman Road today to meet their heroes ahead of the start of the new season.

Huge queues are building up outside Portman Road this morning for today’s annual Ipswich Town Open Day.

The second tier season starts next Friday, however, clubs are working frantically to add to their squads, ahead of a long campaign. Several deals HAVE already been done though and CHRIS BRAMMER picks out six of the best.

Nearly 60 per cent of Ipswich Town fans would like to see Luke Chambers start in the heart of the Blues defence, alongside Adam Webster, when the Championship season begins next Saturday.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he is prepared to play a waiting game to sign the right striker before the transfer window shuts.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy won’t sacrifice results to satisfy supporters’ thirst for more attractive football at Portman Road this season.

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