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30 April 2022

"Getting the early goal helped and we didn’t really look back from there"

Kieran McKenna says that Town's 4-0 victory over Charlton was a nice way to close out the 2021/22 campaign, but added that the hard work starts now as the Blues aim for promotion next term.

Goals from Tyreeq Bakinson and Wes Burns opened up an early 2-0 goal advantage, with Wes completing a brace shortly after half-time and James Norwood rounding off proceedings with the fourth goal late on.

"It was a nice way to finish and it was a really good game," Town's manager told iFollow Ipswich. "The players applied themselves really well and it was a good performance.

"We wanted the fast start and we wanted to give the crowd an entertaining game, but we want that every week. 

"Getting the early goal helped and we didn’t really look back from there. They were really good goals and we could’ve had some more. 

"It was an enjoyable game and an enjoyable finish but, as I think we all know, the hard work starts now."

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Over 26,000 fans turned out at Portman Road to roar the Blues onto a final day victory, with Kieran adding: "It’s special. We spoke about it when we got back in the dressing room and we said it’s certainly not about the league position [11th]. 

"It’s a reflection of the positivity around the Club and where it’s trying to get to. I think it’s a reflection of really high performance levels over the last four months which should’ve picked up more results than they have.

"I think the fans are getting a good understanding of how we’re trying to play, they’re enjoying the playing style of being dominant and playing like a big club.

"They’re getting behind that and, as I just said to the players, we can’t take that support for granted, but imagine what it would be like if we were in a different position in a year’s time. 

"That is the dream that we all have to get behind and work for. 

"If that’s the support at the moment for a season that ultimately hasn’t been a success in terms of points on the board, then what can this Club do if we improve things and get to a better position?"

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Reflecting on the 2021/22 season as a whole, Kieran continued: "I can’t speak for what went on before I arrived, but it was a season of big expectations that haven’t been fulfilled. 

"We have to learn the lessons from the season as a whole Club. We have to swallow those and look to keep improving things going forward.

"In the last few months, the intensity, attitude and the quality of the majority of performances has been of a really high level. Statistically, we’re up there with anyone in the league in terms of most of the key markers.

"For different reasons, we haven’t always managed to turn those performances into wins, but we have a good idea of the areas we need to improve to do that. That’ll be a big focus now for the summer."

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