Rosenior admits: It is embarrassing

IPSWICH Town's Liam Rosenior today poked his head above the parapet to respond to flak from Blues fans following Tuesday's defeat at bottom-placed Peterborough.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town's Liam Rosenior today poked his head above the parapet to respond to flak from Blues fans following Tuesday's defeat at bottom-placed Peterborough.

They are concerned about the club losing their Championship status, and the 25-year-old on-loan defender agrees that the display was a disgrace and that players have underachieved to such an extent that they should be in the top six.

But he also expressed his belief that Ipswich will survive and that results will improve starting with the game at fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Losing heavily to Posh has concentrated the minds of every Blues fan.

Until the 3-1 reverse, thoughts of Town taking a plunge down to League One were not being taken too seriously.

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But this has changed, and nails are now being chewed in fear of a drop down to the third tier of English football for the first time in over 50 years.

And Rosenior admits that there is fear in the Town camp as well.

“I got home around 2am after the Peterborough game and I couldn't sleep,” he said.

“I was analysing my performance and I know when I got in to training yesterday that other lads had done the same.

“Losing to the bottom team is nothing short of a disgrace. It is embarrassing.

“When I came here in August I was looking at automatic promotion or the play-offs. This looked a realistic target to me with what we had to offer. It's what a club like Ipswich should be looking for.

“Now we're in a fight for survival. And it's not right.”

Rosenior said accusations that some members of the squad do not care are wide of the mark.

The player on loan from Reading until the end of the season went on: “We do care.

“Okay the current loanees, including myself, might not be here next season.

“But we have our pride and I can assure everyone that we are doing our best every game, but we're coming up short.”

Town manager Roy Keane has called for his players to show character to get out of their current precarious situation, and Rosenior agrees.

But he added: “The bottom line is we haven't scored enough goals. You cannot character the ball into the net - you need a bit of quality.

“On Tuesday we were so on top we should have been 3-0 up and out of sight at the break.

“Then we concede a bad goal, and cave in!”

Rosenior sees a benefit in dropping into the bottom three again, explaining: “I'd rather it happened now than with three games to go.

“I honestly think we'll be okay and this defeat could be a blessing in disguise.

“It's a wake-up call, and I know it's a clich� but if we'd treated every game like a cup final this season we'd be okay. With the players we have we should be in the top six.”