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13 March 2021

Cook on first win as Town boss

Paul Cook was delighted with the start Town made in today's victory over Plymouth at Portman Road.

Troy Parrott rounded Argyle shot-stopper Mike Cooper in the fourth minute to put Blues ahead and the forward's effort ended up being enough for the hosts to take the spoils.

Town looked defensively solid for the duration of the 90 as Paul secured his first win as Blues boss.

"I'm just delighted with the players," Paul told iFollow Ipswich.

"We haven't had much time on the training pitch because of the games but for the first 30 minutes or so I thought we were excellent.

"We'd spoken about getting people higher up the pitch and creating more chances and we were by far the dominant team.

"Credit to Plymouth, though, as they grew into the game and there were a couple of times in the second half where we were hanging on.

"Overall we made a bright start and then had to see the game out which I thought we did well.

"I'm so pleased for Troy as well. Yes I don't tend to praise individuals too much because we win as a team but he was working in some great positions this afternoon and it was great to see him get the goal."

Midfielder Cole Skuse came on as a second-half substitute for Town in what was his first appearance of the season following a knee injury, and Paul welcomed his return to the side.

The Blues boss also discussed Flynn's departure in the first half with what looked like a hamstring issue, and James Norwood missing the game this afternoon.

"It's great for everyone to see him back," Paul added.

"There's no one better to bring on to help see a game out than him. I'm delighted for him.

"Flynn is one we'll have to wait and see on. It's early days. It looked like a hamstring problem but it's difficult to say.

"James missed out because of back spasms. He's been having them for a week or so but he was struggling a bit more and we'll have to monitor what he's doing."

The full interview with Paul is available on iFollow Ipswich.

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