“Go on and shake me!” - Edwards

CARLOS Edwards found it “hard to accept” Ipswich Town’s 2-0 home reverse at the hands of fellow-mid-table outfit Portsmouth on Saturday.

CARLOS Edwards found it “hard to accept” Ipswich Town’s 2-0 home reverse at the hands of fellow-mid-table outfit Portsmouth on Saturday.

Roving right-back Edwards created many of the countless scoring chances offered to Town’s front players, but the hosts drew a blank and then lost their way after David Nugent slammed Pompey into the lead just before the hour mark.

Edwards has looked the part, since transforming himself from an out-and-out winger to a solid if attacked-minded right-back.

But that was of no consolation to the 32-year-old Trinidad & Tobago international. Saturday’s defeat hurt him badly.

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“I think you need to shake me and wake me up,” pleaded Edwards.

“I think that I am dreaming at the moment. Go on and shake me!

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“It’s hard to accept, after playing some very attractive football and creating so many chances, and yet again we came away with zero points.

“I prefer playing rubbish and coming away with three points, rather than playing attractive football and coming away with nothing, because in the end all that hard work comes to absolute peanuts.

“Today was one of those days. You can’t fault the lads for the efforts, but it just didn’t happen for us,” added Edwards.

Edwards’ fellow countryman, striker Jason Scotland, was guilty of fluffing his lines in front of goal, as was 17-year-old Connor Wickham, who lacked the killer touch against Pompey.

In fact, Edwards believes that Town may have been a bit “too casual” in front of goal.

“You have to give them credit for getting in the positions, to get on the end of the deliveries,” continued Edwards.

“But it pays for nothing when you don’t put it in the net.

“Yes, Jason (Scotland) and Connor (Wickham) are disappointed. Jason is disappointed because he was trying to get into double figures today.

“Jason is very eager to prove a lot of people wrong, and he has set a target for himself. It happens sometimes (missed chances), but let’s just hope it happened only today.

“It does get disheartening. How many chances do you need to score?

“When you miss one or two, in the back of the head you tell yourself that you are going to bury the next one in the back of the net.

“Perhaps we were too casual? We didn’t have that extra killer instinct that you need to kill off teams.

“But we have created more chances in the last five or six games than we did in the whole of the first half of the season.

“Still, it’s very hard to accept this defeat, because of the type of football we played and the chances we created,” added Edwards.

Of Town’s improved overall performances, Edwards commented: “We are more positive now, and more eager and enthusiastic to go forward and play football.

“We have taken just one little step back in the last two games, which is not too much.”

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