Blame me, says skipper

JON Walters today blamed himself for Tuesday’s Championship home 2-0 defeat to Plymouth Argyle.

The Blues skipper held his hands up and said that he didn’t do enough to get his team in the right frame of mind.

“The atmosphere was different,” said Walters. “We were flat as a team and there is no one to blame other than myself.

“I took my eye off the ball a little bit and I’m not going to accept criticism of Damien Delaney and Owen Garvan for errors that led to the two goals. It was my fault.”

Walters explained that his ‘game plan’ went wrong and that perhaps he was lulled into a false sense of security after Town won the three previous games at Portman Road.

“The lads were quiet after I tried to relax them,” explained Walters, who has the full backing of manager Roy Keane.

“I approached things a bit different and went for a softer approach.

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“But we were not right from the time we arrived at the ground and I take full blame for a poor performance.

“We should not have gone into the game any differently just because we have a good home record.

“We started the match slack. Sometimes you have those games, and can become compact and get a result. But on Tuesday there are no excuses.”

And Walters had a warning for his team-mates – and for Town fans.

“No player’s position is safe,” said Walters in a message to his fellow players.

“And we mustn’t kid ourselves – we’re still fighting for our lives to stay in the Championship,” was his message to supporters.