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When you are playing one up front the worst thing that can happen is to concede an early goal. I didn't have much to work with and it is made even harder when you are chasing the game.

By Derek Davis

When you are playing one up front the worst thing that can happen is to concede an early goal. I didn't have much to work with and it is made even harder when you are chasing the game. They could relax and let us come on to them. When you are playing one up front you are looking to exploit holes created by their full-backs bombing on and that happened very effectively for us last year.

We still created chances and at times had the better of the game, so we probably didn't need to change it earlier but I want to be the one on the end of chances and having strikes on goals. Everyone is working hard and it doesn't matter who is scoring the goals as long as someone is scoring. These little runs happen and I have been in a similar position before but, really, looking at those sort of stats are not too helpful so you just concentrate on the next game.

I'm an optimist and I believe we have a big chance to put things right on Saturday against QPR. We won there by doing the right things and playing to our strengths so we need to do that again and I'm confident we can win.


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Ipswich striker Alan Lee

Another game goes by when we have not scored. It was a shocking goal for us to concede at a set piece again.

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We thought that would be the start of something for Southampton but my players dug in and showed a lot of character by playing their way back into the game.

Had we taken one of the opportunities we had, we might have got something. We competed well and were unfortunate to come away with nothing - again.

I'm pretty worried about the lack of goals but what would worry me more is if we weren't creating chances. We can't give away goals like we did against Southampton and Wolves on Tuesday and give ourselves so much to do to come back.

Ipswich manager Jim Magilton

Ipswich are a good footballing side and they kept battling to the end. They put us under pressure and a second goal would have helped us but we got the points we needed to keep us in sixth. We got off to a great start with a goal in the first minute but, after that, it was a bit patchy. We had some good chances but could not finish them off. In games likes that, you usually need a second goal to make sure of the win but we could not get it. Thankfully, one was enough because we kept a clean sheet. It is incredibly tight at the top with 11 games to go and there is everything to play for. This is already a big improvement on last season when we were nowhere near the top six but we still have a lot of work to do.

Saints boss George Burley

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