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5 April 2021

"These lads have got to gain confidence and they won’t get that from me lambasting them"

Paul Cook says that Town need to have more belief in attack after being held to a goalless draw at Rochdale.

In a game of few chances, Alan Judge went the closest to breaking the deadlock from long range as Blues made it back-to-back 0-0 stalemates on the road.

The result means that Town have picked up four points over the Easter weekend and sit three points adrift of the play-off places going into the final eight fixtures.

Blues' boss says that it is important to stay as positive as possible for the run-in.

"In terms of the performance, it wasn’t good," he told iFollow Ipswich. "But we don’t need to go through that. Our fans don’t need me to say things that they’ve seen all year.

"What did we learn from the game that we didn’t know before three o’clock? The truth is; not a lot.

"We’ve got a committed group of lads. These lads have got to gain confidence and belief and they won’t get that from me lambasting them.

"The reality is that we take a point away and we move onto a game next week against MK Dons that we’ve got to try and win. If we want to get into the play-offs then we have to try to win. We’ve got to stay as positive as we can.

"We’re still in with a chance. Can we win enough games to get into the play-offs? I still believe we can."

Troy Parrott appeal vs Rochdale (A).JPG

Town saw appeals for a penalty waved away in the second half after Troy Parrott had appeared to have been bundled over when through on goal.

"It’s easy to give a penalty," Paul continued. "Troy has got on the right side and he looks in on goal. I thought the referee was smashing today. It wasn’t a tough game to referee, it just lacked quality.

"In periods of the second half, we looked like we might nick one but you watch us in hope rather than belief. We need to turn that hope into belief."

Watch the full interview with Paul on iFollow Ipswich.

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