PLAYER’S REACTION: We were a defensive shambles admits Richie Wellens as Town lose 3-0 at home

IT was the worst possible start after the week Ipswich Town have had.

Going behind to Ross Barkley’s opener after just 45 seconds was compounded when the midfielder doubled his side’s advantage after the break before Michail Antonio scored late on.

It was a woeful performance from managerless Ipswich – something loan midfielder Richie Wellens was not hiding from as he admitted a new manager had a tough job on his hands.

Speaking after the match, he admitted: “I thought defensively we were a bit of a shambles.

“We never competed with their psychicality – they won every headed ball in both boxes.

“When you go one down after 50 seconds in the situation we are in, I thought we showed a bit of character in the first half – maybe the better team after the goal.

“But the second half is difficult to put your finger on it. We just need to get a new manager in and get everyone in shape.”

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