Christophe Berra: We can’t dwell on second-half at Derby
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Ipswich Town players have already put their second half capitulation at Derby out of their minds.
So says centre-back Christophe Berra after the Blues threw away a 4-1 half-time lead at Pride Park on Tuesday night to draw the game 4-4.
It means that Mick McCarthy’s men head to Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow still looking for their first away victory of the season.
“It’s disappointing, but in the long run we’ll look back on it as an away point,” said Berra.
“There’s no time to dwell on it because we’ve now got another difficult away game in Sheffield Wednesday.
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“As footballers you’re thick skinned. You’re disappointed after the game, but you come in the next day and get on with it. You can’t dwell on things as a sportsman otherwise it will affect you.
“A few people have mentioned the fact that we’re yet to win away this season, but we’ve played three top teams away in QPR, Reading and Wigan and more than matched them, while we by far the superior team at Birmingham (1-1 draw).
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“Derby was a great chance to finally get the win, but you have to give them credit for their second half performance – the way they played fully merited the draw.
“First half we played really well. Second half they came out of the traps with nothing to lose. You have to remember that Derby are a good team who play nice football and are well placed in the table.
“It happens to the top teams too. Look at Man United v Everton last season when they were 4-2 up and drew 4-4.
“The season Wolves got relegated from the Premier League we were 4-1 down against Swansea and came back to draw 4-4 and probably should have won it.
“That’s why we all love football; you never know what’s going to happen. It’s why we play it, why fans follow it and why you report on it. It’s exciting and it’s interesting.
“And that’s why British football is different to foreign football. If this was Italy or Spain it would probably have stayed the same, but teams gamble here and go for it.
“We didn’t defend with the ball, we just tried to defend as a team rather than getting hold of it and being a bit more brave with the ball. We need to learn from that and move on.
“It was disappointing not to see out the win, but it’s another point to add to the tally and we move on.”
– See tomorrow’s EADT for full match preview.