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21 February 2015

Striker admits Town didn't quite have the breaks as Reading leave Portman Road with all three points thanks to Mackie strike

  • Town defeated at home
  • Mackie first-half strike wins it
  • Three shouts for a Blues penalty waved away
  • Striker says Town must bounce back

Freddie Sears spoke to the press after what he described as a ‘frustrating afternoon’ for Town.

Blues were beaten 1-0 at Portman Road by Reading, thanks to Jamie Mackie’s 14th minute strike, despite Mick McCarthy’s side carving out a number of opportunities.

“It was a very frustrating afternoon for us,” the striker told the official Club website.

“When you look back over the 90 minutes we had the bulk of the chances but ultimately couldn’t take them, whilst they’ve scored with a sucker punch goal to win it.

“They had the breaks that perhaps we didn’t but full credit to Reading, they came with a game-plan and once they scored the early goal they defended well.”

The Blues had three shouts for a penalty waved away by referee Eddie Ilderton over the course of the 90 minutes but Freddie isn’t making any excuses for Town’s inability to find the net this afternoon.

“There were three shouts for a penalty where the ball has hit the defender on the arm, but it’s difficult for the referee in those situations and we can’t use that as an excuse.

“It’s disappointing but we’ve got a game on Tuesday to bounce back with and the boys will all be in for training tomorrow looking to put things right.

“We’re still in a good position in the table and it’s about showing what we are made of as we enter the business end of the table.”

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