Drissa given Turf time

DRISSA Diallo admitted Ipswich Town were jetting off to their sunshine break in gloomy mood after going down 4-2 to his old club Burnley.The Guinea international was given a torrid time, on and off the pitch, at Turf Moor, the ground where he made his English debut 13 months ago – ironically enough against Ipswich.

DRISSA Diallo admitted Ipswich Town were jetting off to their sunshine break in gloomy mood after going down 4-2 to his old club Burnley.

The Guinea international was given a torrid time, on and off the pitch, at Turf Moor, the ground where he made his English debut 13 months ago – ironically enough against Ipswich.

Diallo said: "It was not the happiest return, and it certainly could have been better. But Burnley deserved their victory. They started very well, played high up the pitch and made it very difficult for us by showing more determination and fighting spirit. We could not cope with that."

The Town party, minus kit-man and physio, flew out last night for a four-day break but Diallo was not feeling in a holiday mood.


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He said: "We are going away in a bad mood. We would have preferred to go with a victory, but that was not to be.

"We are having to pay for our own meals and wash our own kit, which will be very strange, but it is a working holiday."

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The 31-year-old was booed throughout by the unforgiving Burnley crowd, unhappy that he chose to join Ipswich in the summer rather than wait for an unspecified time for a contract to be sorted out at the Lancashire club.

Diallo was saddened to see he had gone from hero to villain in the Clarets fans' eyes.

He said: "I was very disappointed with the fans because I gave everything for Burnley in my time here.

"The manager knows it is not my fault I left the club and I still have a good relationship with Stan and the players. I do not know why they boo me, but that is the way it is.

"I was one of the favourites last season and I don't know why, but it is a shame because they were so great with me and then they turned."

To make things worse for Diallo he was given a roasting by Glen Little down the Burnley right wing as he played in an unaccustomed left-back role in a bid to give Matt Richards a rest.

When Fabian Wilnis went off after half an hour Diallo was switched to right back but fared little better. To cap things he missed a good headed chance from a Jim Magilton free kick just before half-time, when he was substituted.

Diallo said: "Everybody knows full back is not my best position, but I tried to do my best. Glen is a skilful player and also Robbie Blake and Ian Moore made it difficult for us."

The better news for Ipswich is full-back Chris Makin is making excellent recovery from a pelvic injury and has been pencilled in for a reserve game at Coventry City next week.

derek.davis@eadt.co.uk

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