We can’t let Fulham defeat fester, says Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse

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Cole Skuse - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Cole Skuse says Ipswich Town can’t let their Boxing Day defeat to Fulham fester, with fellow strugglers Bristol City set for a showdown in Suffolk on Friday – but admits the Blues have not been good enough.

Town were disappointing in Monday’s 2-0 loss and are currently six places and eight points off the relegation zone.

As for Friday’s opponents, they have not won in the Championship since defeating the Blues at Ashton Gate earlier this month and have just one victory in nine, picking up four points from a possible 27 in the process.

Skuse is likely to be in Mick McCarthy’s starting XI to face his former side and said after the Fulham game: “We will be in tomorrow and will be picking the bones out of the game. We can’t linger too long or let things fester and there is a game on Friday which is a big one for us – they are in and around us.”

The Blues were booed off the pitch after the defeat to the Cottagers and McCarthy admitted it would be tough for him to win back disgruntled supporters, but insisted he was not going to leave the club.

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McCarthy also said Fulham were the best side to have visited Portman Road this season, a sentiment echoed by Skuse, who admitted he and his team-mates were below-par against Slavisa Jokanovic’s team.

“We were poor but you can’t take anything from them, they were the best (team) we have played against and they thoroughly deserved the three points,” added Skuse.

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“They dictated the game and brought the game to us and we never got to grips with it.

“It was 0-0 for a long spell and then they scored a great free-kick and they were very much the dominant side.”

The Blues have lost four of their last seven games in the league and have not strung back-to-back wins together since the final two matches of last season’s campaign.

“Wigan was a great result on the road but we have not had a run of results and that is clear to see,” said the midfielder.

“It’s not for the want of trying, we are always full of endeavour and effort, but we have not been up to it. It is up to us to put it right.”

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