‘We were not good enough’: Knudsen admits Blues blinked first as mistakes prove costly at Villa

Jonas Knudsen pursues Villa's Robert Snodgrass. Picture: PAGEPIX

Jonas Knudsen pursues Villa's Robert Snodgrass. Picture: PAGEPIX - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

Jonas Knudsen admitted it was Ipswich who blinked first and then failed to recover as they went down to a 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

Albert Adomah struck twice for the hosts, once in either half, with Knudsen admitting the Blues could have done more to stop both finding the back of the net.

The Dane was echoing the thoughts of manager Mick McCarthy, when he insisted the Blues were their own worst enemy as they suffered defeat on the road.

“It was a tough scrap against, a tough Championship scrap, and it’s sometimes about who makes the first mistake,” Knudsen said.

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“Today it was us which was very disappointing because I think we were definitely in the game for the first 35 minutes and maybe deserved more, but goals change games.

“We have to look back on them. They were only small mistakes but that’s how it is. They were not good enough and we need to look at that because we need to take them out of the games and make sure we don’t concede in periods where we are playing good.


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“I thought we were on top of them but then they got the goal which changed the game. Then they got the second.

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“When you are away from home somewhere like Villa Park, against a team like Villa who are so organised and know what to do, then they know how to see it out.

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“We spoke about at half time to say we had done alright but we can’t make these mistakes.

“We have deserved more from the last three games than what we have got but that’s how the Championship is. Sometimes you don’t get what you deserve.

“We have to stay together because we have shown quality this season.”

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Knudsen was also frustrated to see Joe Garner’s early strike ruled out for a foul on home goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

“I don’t want to talk about the referee but for me it didn’t look like a free-kick,” he said.

“He took the decision today and I don’t think he looked our way today. That’s how it is sometimes.

“He didn’t give us the favour this time.”

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