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22 September 2018

We didn't test their 'keeper enough says Paul and points to confidence factor

Paul Hurst conceded any win will do at the moment as Town were held to a goalless draw by Bolton.

The visitors played with 10 men for 55 minutes after Marc Wilson was sent-off for pulling down Kayden Jackson as he raced in on goal.

Luke Chambers looked to have broken  the deadlock late on but Ben Alnwick produced a brilliant save to earn Bolton a point and leave Blues still looking for that first win of the season.

“It was a moment of quality from us with the free-kick and header and a great save from their ‘keeper but we didn’t show enough quality and test their ‘keeper enough during the 90 minutes,” the Town boss told iFollow Ipswich.

“The players showed lot of good things and it was our first clean sheet and that is something to build on but we were missing that final ball, the final cross when and where it really matters.  

“Looking at it, I can only put that down to confidence. It’s one of the most vital ingredients in sport; in life. That comes in football with winning football matches and that is what we’ve got to do. We need a win obviously to give everyone a lift - and I’ll take any win, an own goal in the last minute.

“We felt before the game it was a good opportunity to get the three points and then they went down to 10 men. I would have preferred they had 11 and we had the penalty because you know they are going to get players behind the ball and with the situation we are in, that’s not the best scenario for us."

Paul added that Town will wait on scans on Jon Walters who has sustained a calf injury and was forced off soon after coming on a second-half substitute.

Subscribers to iFollow Ipswich can watch the full interview with Paul now.

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