Walters praises Town's character

JON Walters today praised the character shown in the Ipswich Town camp during last night's 3-1 Coca-Cola Championship win over Bristol City at Portman Road.

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JON Walters today praised the character shown in the Ipswich Town camp during last night's 3-1 Coca-Cola Championship win over Bristol City at Portman Road.

The scored of the all-important first Blues goal said: “After a very disappointing weekend, we always knew that this game would give us a chance to show our character. And this is what we did.

“Bristol City reached the play-off final last May and to beat them so well was an excellent performance.

“We played exceptionally well and created a host of chances and forced the keeper into a number of saves.

“At the interval, we felt if we kept going something would happen.

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“I was particularly pleased with my goal. It was a great ball forward and flick-on by Jon Stead and I was able to get ahead of my marker and score from a tight angle.

“The rest is history and poor Liam Fontaine placed his 'back pass' in the only place possible to beat his own keeper for our third goal.”

Bristol City manager Gary Johnson had no excuses. He said: “We played well for 20 minutes, but after that it was very poor.

“All three goals were bad ones to concede, although Jon Walters and Pablo Counago both showed quality.

“I am starting to think I cannot take this squad any further. They have had a chance after their great efforts last season but I will be looking at the January transfer window for additions.

“We were no better when Ipswich went down to 10 men as our spirit had been broken by then.”