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Cheltenham Town 3 Colchester United 1: “It wasn’t good enough” – blasts U’s keeper Sam Walker

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 September 2017

Sam Walker saves a second-half penalty from Brian Graham during yesterday's 3-1 defeat  at Cheltenham. Picture: PAGEPIX

Sam Walker saves a second-half penalty from Brian Graham during yesterday's 3-1 defeat at Cheltenham. Picture: PAGEPIX

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Sam Walker’s fine penalty save, when he smothered Brian Graham’s 56th minute spot kick, was of no consolation to the U’s giant keeper following another dismal away display.

Speaking after Saturday’s 3-1 reverse at Cheltenham, Walker confessed: “We are hugely disappointed.

“The penalty save is all in vain when the result ends up like that.

“It is becoming all too familiar, and it’s incredibly frustrating this kind of feeling after an away game. We’ve lost again on the road, and quite frankly it just wasn’t good enough.

“We’ve said it a lot, about the massive key moments in games, because goals really do change games.

“Big Nicke (Kabamba) knows he should really have put one away in the very first minute, and it would arguably have then been a different game from there.

“But even if you don’t put your chances away, you’ve still got to keep it tight at the other end, and we gave away really two poor goals defensively to let them have a free cross and a free header, and then to concede a deflected goal, when their guy (Kevin Dawson) was still allowed to advance and still allowed to shoot.

“We suddenly found ourselves 2-0 down and for the all the hustle-and-bustle, and huff-and-puff, that we did, that is ultimately where our fault lies, and why we have lost the game,” added Walker.

Captain Luke Chambers wants his Ipswich Town future sorted sooner rather than later but knows the club’s precarious position means he may have to be patient.

Paul Lambert believes striker Ellis Harrison has something to offer his side as the Welshman works towards full fitness.

Callum Connolly expects to take on an Ipswich Town side ‘playing with freedom’ when he makes his return to Portman Road tomorrow afternoon.

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson wants to sign Ipswich Town loanee Jordan Graham as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Ipswich Town take on a Wigan Athletic side including a number of familiar faces tomorrow. ANDY WARREN takes a look.

Ipswich Town’s East Anglian Derby visit to Norwich City will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Today we start a special countdown to Christmas, Ipswich Town style, with the 12 Greats of Christmas - a rundown of the 12 greatest Town players who’ve ever laced on boots, culminating on the big day itself with the Blues’ best-ever.

Ipswich Town have taken up their option to extend Freddie Sears’ contract until the summer of 2020.

Jon Nolan is back in the team under Paul Lambert. STUART WATSON spoke to the midfielder about Paul Hurst’s sacking, stepping up to the Championship and the visit of Wigan.

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