PLAYERS’ REACTION: DJ Campbell ‘devstated’, Scott Loach apologetic after another home defeat for Ipswich Town
Ipswich v Cardiff: Scott Loach has apologised for his part in Ipswich Town’s 2-1 home defeat by Cardiff City this evening.
Blues boss Paul Jewell pointed the finger at his new keeper after Town let slip a 1-0 lead for the third consecutive match.
Loach was unable to keep hold of Craig Conway’s cross for the equaliser and then stood stationery on his line as the Bluebirds took an undeserved lead – both times Heidar Helguson taking advantage.
Quickly taking to Twitter after the match, Loach admitted he was to blame as Ipswich once again failed in front of their own fans – making it eight league games without a win at Portman Road.
The keeper wrote: “Hold my hands up today. Let the the lads and you fans down. Will bounce back and put it right against hull. #apologies.”
The Blues took a rather fortuitous lead just before the interval through new loan signing DJ Campbell who guided the ball into the net with his hands.
Asked whether his first goal in a Town shirt was handball, the striker said: “I’m not sure. I didn’t know anything about it.
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“I thought the goalkeeper was going to come. I didn’t know it went into the net. I was looking around and I saw everyone celebrating and the ball in the net. I’ll take that.”
The new boy on the block, who impressed fans and Jewell alike, admitted Town were ‘devastated’ by yet another defeat – but insisted there was a lot more to come from him.
Campbell said: “ We deserved more, we played so well and put so much work in.
“To concede two goals like that is hard to take. We just have to keep going and if we keep playing like that, I have no doubt we will get points.”
Of his own performance, he added: “I didn’t feel too bad in the first half but towards the end I was tired – that’s the first game I have played since last season.
“In the second half, it was a bit of a struggle and I think adrenalin got me through. The gaffer said he’d give me 60 minutes and I was fine with that.”