Ipswich Wanderers’ boss satisfied with team’s start to season, ahead of FA Cup clash

Ipswich Wanderers boss Glenn Read

Ipswich Wanderers boss Glenn Read - Credit: Ashley Pickering/Anglia Picture

Ipswich Wanderers manager Glenn Read revealed Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw at Walsham-le-Willows felt like a loss, as he saw his side concede a 95th minute equaliser.

Wanderers were minutes away from a perfect start to their season after beating Mildenhall on the opening weekend, but Walsham denied them two wins from two at the death.

Read said: “I was very disappointed. It felt like a loss. Walsham are a big side and physical in the right way.

“I could question why five minutes were added on but there’s nothing we can do about that now. We have to take the positives and move on to our next game.

“Andrew Wood was a handful for them (Walsham) all night, they’re a big strong side and now after conceding late the spirit is low, but we will try and put it right.”

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Ross Myhill has scored twice already this season, including an acrobatic effort at Walsham, and the Wanderers manager is pleased with how he’s started the season.

“Ross won’t get in the box in some games, but then in others he is always there. His goal against Walsham was an overhead kick and he’s not known for his spectacular goals, but he’s a great lad who always gives 100% so I’m happy for him,” said Read.

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“Unfortunately for Ross it was actually him getting pushed off the ball for their equaliser, but there’s no need to be angry at him for that.”

The manager explained that he wasn’t too hard on his players after Wednesday’s disappointment, and admitted he would have taken four points from his first two games before the season.

“I didn’t go into the dressing room and be hard on the players because they know what they did wrong. We need to try and see games out better,” said the Wanderers boss.

He added: “Saturday was a good game (against Mildenhall) and it was very pleasing to win our first game of the season.

“We’re not quite up and running yet after a less than best pre-season, but I’m still happy with the start we’ve had.”

Wanderers travel to Debenham on Saturday afternoon for an extra preliminary FA Cup match (3pm kick-off), and Read explained that a cup run is a very good thing for a side such as Wanderers.

“We’ll go into the game on Saturday as favourites as we are in a higher division, and I’m sure we have enough about us to win the game,” he continued.

“The money involved in the FA Cup is great for us, and we want to go as far as we can. It’s nice to play against teams in divisions above you if you get that far, and a good cup run is great for the club and the players.

“We won’t take Debenham lightly as you never know what will happen in the cup. Debenham aren’t miles behind us and they have good players and good people behind the scenes.”

After today’s Cup match, Wanderers return to league action against Newmarket Town.

“When you look at the league there are no easy games. I never know what to expect from the division. We’ve drawn our last two away at Newmarket, so we’ll give them the respect they deserve and do our best to win the game,” said Read.

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