Ipswich Town’s Luke Hyam laments ‘horrible’ game in Lions’ Den

Luke Hyam with a first half chance at Millwall

Luke Hyam with a first half chance at Millwall - Credit: Archant

Millwall v Ipswich: Luke Hyam lamented a “horrible” game as Ipswich Town eked out another point towards Championship survival with a 0-0 draw at Millwall.

The young midfielder was twice denied by the hosts in the first-half, by Mark Beevers and then goalkeeper, David Forde, as Town failed to add to their paltry tally of just one league goal on their travels in 2013.

Michael Chopra also spurned a good chance in the second half, while a combination of the post and a couple of smart stops from Scott Loach saw the hosts draw a blank.

Town are now on 50 points, but dropped a place in the table courtesy of 10-man Blackpool’s 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace.

The Blues now turn their attentions to Pride Park, and Derby County, on Saturday and Hyam insisted the team must continue to scrap for every point, even if the games are ugly.

Reflecting on the battle at the New Den, Hyam said: “It was a horrible game and not the best for the neutral, but sometimes you have to grind points out like those.

“We couldn’t get the ball on the floor much, it was up in the air and out of play a lot but we will take a point and go again Saturday.

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“We have actually dropped a place today, the league is crazy, but we have just got to stay positive and focus on ourselves.”

Blues boss Mick McCarthy echoed Hyam’s thoughts as he took a point away from his former club.

“It wasn’t a very good game, in fact it was pretty poor. It was two teams in the relegation scrap. We’ve been there all season long and it’s probably dawning on Millwall that they are in it too,” said McCarthy.

“Everyone is nervy, the conditions weren’t great – it was blowing a gale and a bouncy old pitch. It wasn’t conducive to a great game of football. And yet there were quite a lot of chances and both teams could have won it.”