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20 March 2021

Boss on defeat at Fratton Park

Paul Cook said Town will grow as a team, but it remains to be seen if they can do it quickly enough to mount a successful promotion push this season.

Blues fell to defeat on the road this afternoon as Portsmouth came from behind to win at Fratton Park.

James Norwood had fired Town in front, but a 41st-minute goal from Tom Naylor and 72nd-minute strike from Marcus Harness saw Danny Cowley's Pompey take the spoils.

Victory for the hosts saw them leapfrog Blues in the League table, with Town now two points outside the play-off places but with two games in hand on sixth-placed Charlton.

"We did really well for 41 minutes but the monentum shifted completely when they equalised," Paul told iFollow Ipswich.

"As you can imagine I'm really disappointed because we're trying to learn and we're trying to get the promotion push going. The reality is, if we go more games without winning, it gets further away.

"I said to the lads that we will grow, but whether that's quickly enough remains to be seen. For the majority of the first half today it was a really good performance, so I want to stay with that.

"Portsmouth getting the equaliser at that time gave them the ascendancy. It came against the run of play which gave them confidence - that's massive in football."

The full interview with Paul is available on iFollow Ipswich.

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