‘Sunday League defending’ – admits Andy Drury
THERE are no hiding places for Ipswich Town anymore.
Even Andy Drury, Town’s man-of-the-match and goalscorer during the self-destructing 3-1 defeat at Leeds on Saturday, confesses that “it’s just not good enough.”
Paul Jewell’s men cannot bemoan a run of bad luck, a spate of injuries, a dearth of experience, a lack of options. They have no such excuses to fall back on.
And midfielder Drury is not looking for anywhere to hide.
“I can’t believe what happened,” admitted Drury.
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“I would say it was a soul-destroying day for everyone at the club.
“We are playing well enough to turn it around, but we need to start cutting out the mistakes quickly, otherwise we are going to be down there near the bottom of the table.
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“We are running out of time.”
Drury bagged his first goal for Town, in his 16th league appearance, since his switch from non-league Luton Town a year ago.
His partnership with Luke Hyam, in a defensive midfield role, was one of the few positives of a dreadfully disappointing defeat at Leeds, Town’s 11th loss in their last 15 league games.
But having spent most of his career playing in non-league, for the likes of Sittingbourne, Gravesend, Lewes and Stevenage, Drury recognises the woes of some non-league defending, even Sunday League defending!
And Town’s mistakes at Elland Road reminded the 28-year-old of just that.
“We were cruising along and controlling the game,” explained Drury.
“And then three goals – I don’t even know what you can call them to be honest – it was Sunday League defending.
“I can’t explain it really. I couldn’t see it coming. I can’t remember Leeds having a chance, and then ‘bang,’ they score three goals from shocking errors.
“We can’t keep saying that we have been unlucky, because it has been happening all season. We keep making the same silly mistakes.
“It’s just not good enough.”
Town are not in action again until they entertain West Ham next Tuesday, and Drury believes the 10-day break will do them good.
He said: “We probably need this break, to be honest, just to give us a chance to get our heads up again.”