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Cole Skuse admits Millwall defeat was ‘a bad day at the office’

PUBLISHED: 06:10 20 January 2014

A subdued Cole Skuse after the defeat at Millwall on Saturday. PHOTO: PAGEPIX LTD

A subdued Cole Skuse after the defeat at Millwall on Saturday. PHOTO: PAGEPIX LTD

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Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse says it’s the players who must take the blame for a current dip in form.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy was among the Championship manager-of-the-month nominees recently following a nine-game unbeaten run, but he’s since received some criticism for his team selections, substitutions and tactics after three successive defeats.

The Blues are out of the FA Cup and have dropped from sixth to 10th in the table after conceding seven soft goals in successive defeats to QPR (3-1), Preston (3-2) and Millwall (1-0).

McCarthy admitted that Saturday’s loss at The Den was his side’s flattest performance of the campaign, with keeper Dean Gerken allowing a mis-hit cross to loop over him for the winner and Town lacking ideas going forwards as a series of long punts forwards proved meat and drink to centre-backs Danny Shittu and Shane Lowry.

“A lot of us have held our hands up in the dressing-room and the manager has said his piece after the game,” said Skuse.

“It was one of those games where nothing went for us but at the same time we didn’t really create any chances, which is disappointing.

“You have these days in football. It’s frustrating the way we let the game fizzle out. We didn’t really have enough about us today. It was just a bad day at the office.”

For Millwall, it was their first win in eight games, the south London team playing with real heart – and the crowd responding – in what was manager Ian Holloway’s home debut.

“A new manager has that affect,” said Skuse. “The lads here said how lifted they all were when the manager and TC (Terry Connor) came in last year.

“That doesn’t excuse our performance though. We played into their hands. That’s the first team this season that we’ve let a team bully us a bit. Normally it is doing that to other teams.”

Mark Heath, Andy Warren and Stuart Watson are back with another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast.

Trevoh Chalobah was proud to captain England Under 20s in their 2-0 victory over Germany at Colchester on Monday night but has already turned his attention to Ipswich Town’s Friday clash with West Brom.

Ipswich Town left-back Jonas Knudsen says he is ready to talk to other clubs in January.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert is clear on his January recruitment strategy following a meeting with owner Marcus Evans yesterday.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features John Wark scoring twice in a draw with Swindon, while the Blues progressed in the League Cup.

Ipswich Town assistant manager Stuart Taylor believes the international break has offered the perfect chance for the Blues squad to bond further following the arrival of Paul Lambert.

Ipswich Town midfielder Andre Dozzell believes he is finally back up to speed following his year-long injury absence.

England Under 20s beat Germany 2-0 at Colchester this evening. ANDY WARREN was there to see how Trevoh Chalobah, Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes got on

Paul Lambert is confident Ipswich Town can quickly overturn their five point deficit if they continue the progress they have made in the early weeks of his reign.

Ipswich Town’s Under-23s beat their Crystal Palace counterparts 5-2 at Playford Road this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his observations.

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