Barnsley chop for Town and their fans
IPSWICH Town's weary travelling support woke up with a sense of 'bitter disappointment' today. Having watched Town slump to a 4-1 defeat against relegation threatened Barnsley, small sections of away supporters were heard jeering their side last night.
IPSWICH Town's weary travelling support woke up with a sense of 'bitter disappointment' today.
Having watched Town slump to a 4-1 defeat against relegation threatened Barnsley, small sections of away supporters were heard jeering their side last night.
Liz Edwards, chairman of the supporters' club, was “disgusted” at such a reaction from her fellow fans, but could not hide her frustration at the result.
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She said: “I was bitterly disappointed that, despite us having had a longer rest than Barnsley, they definitely finished the stronger side. I was equally disappointed that we conceded two virtually identical goals too.
“Saying that I was absolutely disgusted at the small section of Ipswich fans that were barracking our players, in my opinion there is no place for that.
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“We need to put a run of three or four results together now if we are going to make the play-offs and the support will be vital in helping the players achieve that.
“I certainly haven't given up on the play-off dream and until it is impossible I won't do so.”
Blues boss Jim Magilton was sympathetic to the fans after the game. He said: “I didn't like the manner in which we ended the game. A lot of our lads packed it in which is very disappointing bearing in mind we have supporters who travelled a long way to be here and that upset me the most.”
Chairman David Sheepshanks has now urged disgruntled fans to get behind their side at Portman Road on Saturday for a hugely important game against out of form play-off rivals Charlton.
He said: “Fans at home will see the score and think the worst. Our fans who saw the game will think differently. If we win on Saturday we will be back in it, but we need to play better than last night and I am sure we will.”
Barnsley assistant boss Ryan Kidd also gave Ipswich fans some heart after last night's game by saying: “Ipswich are a good side who will probably be in the play-offs.”