Mings: We need to get back on track – and fast
Tyrone Mings admits that Ipswich Town need to get their season back on track – and fast.
The Blues suffered a 2-0 defeat at relegation-fighting Rotherham on Saturday while promotion rivals Bournemouth, Derby, Middlesbrough, Brentford, Watford and Norwich all registered victories.
It means Mick McCarthy’s men are now closer to dropping out of the play-off places than they are to the top two spots following a worryingly flat start to 2015 that has consisted of just one win in seven matches across all competitions.
With 10th-place Sheffield Wednesday at Portman Road tomorrow night, Blues left-back Mings said: “We need to put things right and we need to do it very quickly. Having a game so quickly hopefully will enable us to do that.”
Daryl Murphy, the Championship’s 18-goal leading scorer, wasted two golden chances inside the opening 10 minutes at the New York Stadium. Town were also unable to find the net in a brief purple patch at the start of the second period, Luke Chambers’ header tipped over the bar and a Murphy effort cleared off the line.
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It was another match short on quality, Rotherham taking advantage of two pieces of slack marking at set-pieces as Matt Derbyshire (38) and recent Blues loanee Conor Sammon (64) scored in either half.
“I think that they did to us what we usually do to teams,” said Mings. “They were very well organised, they sat back and they made it very difficult for us. At the end of the day it was two set-pieces that we didn’t defend properly that’s cost us.
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“We could have had a couple of early goals, but everyone else still has to do their jobs. They were very disappointing goals to concede.
“We need to tighten up because we don’t want these sloppy goals to become a habit. We need to put that right and get back to being very hard to beat.”
With close to 1,900 Town supporters making the trip to south Yorkshire at the weekend, and more than 4,000 heading to Fulham on Saturday, Mings added: “The fans turn up in numbers no matter where we are in the league and wherever we are in the country so we are determined to go out there and reward them for their patience and their support.”
– Mick McCarthy and Cole Skuse both spoke to the press this morning. See tomorrow’s EADT and Ipswich Star for all the latest ahead of tomorrow night’s home game against Sheffield Wednesday.