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17 April 2021

Boss on point in South East London

Paul Cook thought Town put in an encouraging performance in this afternoon's draw against Charlton.

Although it finished goalless at The Valley, both sides did have chances.

The draw saw Blues remain ninth in the League One table, four points outside the top six.

"Of course it was better than Tuesday," the Town boss said.

"I thought we started the game well and for the first 20 minutes or so we were excellent. We had periods of control against a strong team and that's hopefully what we can show going forward. It was encouraging.

"Today was a glimpse of what we could be about. It was a small step in the right direction.

"I enjoyed watching us today and that's great because I haven't enjoyed watching us recently. I'm asking the lads to be brave and show confidence and today they showed a bit of that. I don't want us to lie down for anyone, and we want to go to Northampton on Tuesday ready for a big test and aiming to take all three points."

James Norwood departed this afternoon's clash in the 25th minute, and Paul confirmed it was a hamstring issue that forced him off.

"He's picked up a hamstring injury, and that's something he's struggled with this season," he added.

"It's something we'll look at."

The full interview with Paul is available to watch on iFollow Ipswich.

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