Town have only themselves to blame

QUITE simply, if Ipswich Town don't buck their ideas up they are not going to go up and no one knows it better than the players themselves, writes Derek Davis.

QUITE simply, if Ipswich Town don't buck their ideas up they are not going to go up and no one knows it better than the players themselves, writes Derek Davis.

Jermaine Wright pulled no punches as he admitted the team had no one else but themselves to blame for going down 3-1 at home to Crystal Palace, despite him putting the Blues ahead.

Two second-half strikes by Andy Johnson and a close-range finish from Julian Gray gave Iain Dowie his first victory as Palace boss.

Limping after suffering a heavy blow on his foot from Palace keeper Thomas Myhre, Wright last night told the EADT that Town needed to get their act together defensively.


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He said: "Everyone needs to buck up if we want to go up.

"We can pass teams to death but we also need more of a cutting edge, if we find that we will be all right.

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"It is down to everyone but the defending from all over the pitch is not good enough.

"We lose the ball at one end and the next thing it is in our goal so everyone is to blame.

"We need to erase those mistakes if we want to push on."

Wright refused to accept that Town were overconfident after the superb victory at West Ham or that they were complacent.

"It may look like that but it is not the way we feel. We certainly felt in control when we scored the first goal and we knew we had to go on from there but it just didn't happen, but it was not because we took it too easy.

"We looked good in the first half and I thought we were going to go on and get another goal but we didn't. We can't rely on one-nils and the Gaffer had warned us at half-time what might happen and it did. We didn't get behind them enough to get crosses in and be more positive."

The classy midfielder hit his third goal of the season as he met a Jim Magilton corner with a cracking right-foot volley.

He said: "Two of us were on the edge of the area and only one guy was marking us so I thought I would try to get free around the back which I managed to do.

"It was a good connection and I was glad it went in."

Wright was caught in a foot by goalkeeper Thomas Myhre's studs and had to be replaced by Dean Bowditch, but although very painful he is confident of being fit to face Derby County in the FA Cup at Portman Road on Saturday.

John McGreal missed the game with flu but is expected to be fit.

Drissa Diallo will resume training with the first-team squad next week but Chris Makin is still five weeks from joining in.

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