What’s gone wrong?
David Stockdale has admitted he is baffled by the Blues’ mini-slump.
Town were again on the end of a heavy defeat on Saturday as the Lions of Millwall roared to a 4-1 victory over dismal Ipswich.
But it is the nature of the defeats against Millwall and Crystal Palace – as well as the below-par performance in the 1-0 win over Portsmouth – which most worries the England keeper.
He explained: “I can honestly say I don’t know what has gone wrong and the gaffer is a bit confused as well.
“I didn’t see that coming. We have gone six unbeaten and then lose two. But it is not just those stats that worry us. It is the way we are getting beat.
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“I don’t understand how we can go from the West Ham match to play how we did against Portsmouth, Palace and then Millwall – we don’t become a bad team overnight. There is something missing and that is why we have to work hard in training.”
Town were 2-0 down to Millwall within 10 minutes and while a moment of solo magic by Jimmy Bullard gave the travelling fans hope, another quick-fire double blast from the home side condemned Ipswich to their third heavy defeat of the season.
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While the Blues are still only four points off the top six, the tight nature of the Championship means they need to find form fast.
Stockdale admitted: “We don’t have the mentality to look anything but up – it would be wrong of us to look down.
“We really look well in training so it is something we need to pin down. Maybe it’s a bit mental when we go under pressure. But we need to work it out.
“We have to look at each other and yourself and ask questions. We will work hard in training because as Sir Bobby Robson said, practice makes permanent.”