Two-goal Lee pushes concerns aside

ALAN Lee pushed the concerns over a cyclist injured in an accidental collision with his car on Tuesday to the back of his mind, as he went on to score twice in the Blues' 4-1 win over the Owls.

By Derek Davis

ALAN Lee pushed the concerns over a cyclist injured in an accidental collision with his car on Tuesday to the back of his mind, as he went on to score twice in the Blues' 4-1 win over the Owls.

There was never a doubt that Lee would play in Ipswich Town's season opener - although he admits he was concerned for the cyclist, who was taken to hospital with a broken leg.

He said: “Obviously it has been a very emotional week after the accident and it has been difficult to focus on the football.


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“You would have to have a heart of stone not to be affected by it but my conscience is clear over the accident.

“I could not have done anything about it, although I can't say too much about it.

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“My thoughts were immediately with the poor fella. I have never seen someone in a bad state before and it does shake you up.

“I have been in contact with the police and they assured me that the guy is in a comfortable position. I hope he makes a speedy recovery, and I will be going to see him in the next few days.”

Pablo Counago had a hand in three goals before scoring one of his own and was delighted to be back at Town to make his 100th league appearance for the Blues.

He said: “It is just one game but it is important to get your confidence and we must look to do the same things next time.

“It was definitely a penalty and he pulled me back so it was a good chance for us so early in the game.

“We might have scored more, but we will save them for next time.”

On his partnership with Lee, Counago added: “We do seem to have a good understanding between us and it makes it easier for me when I have good players around me like Alan, Tommy (Miller), Jon (Walters) and the others.”

Wednesday winger Chris Brunt, who will now serve a three-match ban after being sent off in pre-season, said: “It was just one of those games. We know we have plenty to work on. The boss has left us in no doubt what he wants from us and it is up to us to apply ourselves.

“We got off to the worst possible start and despite the fact we had plenty of possession in the second half we couldn't get back into it.”

Owls boss Brian Laws was livid with his side's display and said: “It was kamikaze defending. We gifted them goals and that was not good enough. Fingers were pointed in the dressing room, but those people know who they are and that it is not acceptable.

“You can handle one or two having a bad day but not six or seven, so I know I have a lot of hard work ahead of me.

“We absolutely capitulated and the only consolation I have is that we drew the second half.

“I feel for our supporters who travelled to see a performance like that.”

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