Hreidarsson: ‘Players need to look in the mirror’
Barnsley v Ipswich: FORMER Town defender Hermann Hreidarsson admits some Ipswich players may have to look at themselves in the mirror before a confidence crisis threatens to cripple their season.
Paul Jewell’s side have won just a single league game this term, losing four of their last five Championship fixtures and sitting second-bottom in the table.
It is a demoralising run that stretches back to last season, with just two wins in Town’s last 13 league games, and former Portman Road left-back Hreidarsson insists it could be time for some players to readdress their own performances.
He said: “Sometimes you need to look in the mirror and ask ‘What can I do better? What am I doing wrong?’
“When you lose you need to quickly pick up wins because the confidence goes individually and as a team.
“It’s crucial that the confidence comes back and you would like to think this is a time when your big players step up.
“Football is about belief and you have to really believe that you are going onto the pitch to win the next game.
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“You can lose belief in your own ability so it’s crucial to get that belief back and get back playing to the standard you are capable of.”
Hreidarsson – who made 102 appearances for Town in a three-season spell, leaving in 2003 – compared the situation to Town’s second season back in the Premier League 11 years ago.
“I remember in our first season in the Premier League everything was rosy and we ended up with 66 points,” he added.
“That was an incredible achievement and was all down to the confidence we had.
“But the year after we started badly and were struggling. I think we had only won 10 points after 16 games.
“But then all of a sudden it kicked in and we won seven out of eight. There is no magic formula but we felt better after a couple of wins.
“I really enjoyed my time at Ipswich. It was a fantastic part of my career and I have fond memories, so I really hope they can turn it around.”