Millwall boss Joe Edwards says his struggling team simply didn't play well enough to compete with high-flying Ipswich Town in their 4-0 home humbling.

The Lions started really well, putting Town under pressure, but once the Blues took the lead in the 24th minute, the home side fell apart.

Wes Harding put through his own net for Town's second, before Kieffer Moore killed the game off as a contest with his header just before the break.

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Edwards fumed: “Starting games well at home isn’t anything to be screaming about – you have to play well for the full game against teams like this. We did – we had a clear plan and we knew what their threats were.

“For 25 minutes it was a game, but as it is with us at the moment, we make an error, followed by another error.

"We’re better than that and they’re poor mistakes. But the reality is most errors we make we’re getting punished in the most brutal way.”

East Anglian Daily Times: Joe Edwards shouts instructions from the sideline last night Joe Edwards shouts instructions from the sideline last night (Image: PA Images)
Asked if he had players able of producing the type of football he wants to play, Edwards replied: "It’s nothing to do with the type of football tonight, it’s about defending. Since I’ve come in, people have been looking for the narrative of what’s changed: playing style, possession, that sort of stuff.

"I get that people look for narratives, but at the end of the day, defending is a fundamental part of the game.

“When I’m preparing a team to play Ipswich and knowing full well how good they’ve been this season, there’s nothing from my end where we’re going out to be loose in and around our own box. And that’s exactly what it was.

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“We have to perform better, it’s that simple. You talk about personnel, and there are individuals making mistakes at the moment, [but] this is the same group of players which were in a tough spell over December, and we then had four clean sheets in a row over the Christmas period.

“You rack your brains at times because we had a plan, and for 25 minutes, we eradicated Ipswich’s threat. Form of players affects confidence a bit, which you can see. That’s been the story; we get this momentum, and then when one blow goes against us, we unravel a bit, which we speak about and analyse.

“We’re in poor form and making a lot of mistakes and getting punished for it, but the only way to address it is to stand up and face it and be better.”