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McSheffrey disappointed by Ipswich loss

9 February 2022

Rovers boss Gary McSheffrey was disappointed to watch his side fall to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Ipswich Town.

Rovers fell behind to Tyreeq Bakinson's first-half goal and despite a spirited battle in the second half were unable to break through Ipswich’s tight defence.  

On the Ipswich loss:  

“I am disappointed to lose the game. Ipswich have been one of the best footballing teams I have seen this season. We eventually got to grips with them in the second-half, but it was too late by then. 

“At times we sat off and found ourselves too deep.  

“I think we defended well but the goal we conceded was cheap.

“In the second-half we stopped their free-flowing football. The biggest difference in the teams was the width. 

On the different fitness levels of both teams:  

“I put the same team out to continue momentum from the Sunderland win. Ipswich had a team they could afford to change and you could see their standards of fitness were higher than ours.  

We need to share the load with certain players, because they are not robust enough to play Saturday-Tuesday at the minute. 

“A few tired minds made a few poor decisions such as taking a corner quickly and being offside. 

“If our lads get through these run of games uninjured then they are going to continue to build match fitness. Sometimes you have to suffer to get to the fitness levels you require. The relentlessness of Ipswich’s full backs showed the difference in class in terms of fitness.”


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