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“We should have seen the game out” – admits Colchester United’s Doug Loft

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 April 2017

Doug Loft clears the ball at Morecambe during his long-awaited  return from injury on Easter Monday, in a 1-1 draw at the Globe Arena. Picture: PAGEPIX

Doug Loft clears the ball at Morecambe during his long-awaited return from injury on Easter Monday, in a 1-1 draw at the Globe Arena. Picture: PAGEPIX

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Doug Loft was delighted to finally be back in the Colchester United starting line-up, after eight months of injury anguish.

But the U’s midfielder was left crestfallen – as were all his team-mates – by Morecambe’s 87th minute equaliser, a penalty dispatched by U’s old boy Michael Rose in a 1-1 draw at the Globe Arena yesterday afternoon.

It was very much two points dropped in the U’s quest for a play-off place, although they remain just two points adrift of the top seven with three matches to play.

“It was not a very nice pitch, and it didn’t make for a very nice game, but we had enough experience and know-how to have seen that game out,” insisted Loft.

“We should have done it, and it was poor from us. All the boys are disappointed.

“We should have seen the game out. The old pros should have spoken up a bit more and we should have kept the ball in the corner, rather than put it into the box.

“We should have seen the game out because it would have been a massive three points.”

Bartosz Bialkowski and Ipswich Town still have ‘a couple of things to sort’ before the Polish goalkeeper signs his new contract with the club.

Mick McCarthy shouted ‘f*** off’ in the direction of – but, he insists, not at – Ipswich Town fans after his side took the lead at Norwich on Sunday. Today the Blues boss, who has faced plenty of toxic chants over the last 12 months, was quizzed on the incident ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Cardiff.

Mick McCarthy has no new injury worries for tomorrow night’s visit of Cardiff City but admits he could make changes to his side as he prepares for the second of three games in just seven days.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock is anticipating another eventful evening when he brings his side to Portman Road tomorrow night.

Ipswich Town welcome a Cardiff side sitting second in the Championship to Portman Road.

Winning games of football is the best way to heal a damaged relationship between touchline and terrace, former Blues boss George Burley insists.

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Ipswich Town Ladies continued their attempt to defend the Suffolk Women’s FA Cup for the fourth successive year with a comfortable 7-1 victory over a spirited Bungay Town Ladies’ at Skyliner Sports Centre in Bury St Edmunds, writes Kieren Standley.

A Suffolk girl who braved the North Sea for the hospice that cared for her great-grandmother has been named Ipswich Town FC’s “Community Champion”.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has apologised for any offence he caused while celebrating Luke Chambers’ goal at Norwich on Sunday, but has reiterated he did not aim his comments at the Blues fans.

Match highlights from Ipswich Town’s dramatic 1-1 draw with rivals Norwich in the East Anglian derby.

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