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16 April 2022

"We need to be scoring goals when the game is open and when we're on top"

Kieran McKenna said regular stoppages in play and constant set pieces made it hard for Town to get any grip in the game against Rotherham this afternoon.

The Millers edged it in South Yorkshire thanks to Michael Smith's second-half strike, with the main threat for the hosts at AESSEAL Stadium coming from dead-ball situations.

"We're obviously disappointed," Kieran told iFollow Ipswich.

"We knew the challenge and first half we stood up to it well. We were pleased with the first-half performance and we created the best chance of the game, but we need to be scoring goals when the game is open and when we're on top. Our execution has to be better in those moments, because if we get the first goal it's a very different game.

"Second half they put it on top of us for 45 minutes and they made it difficult for us. They didn't create much from open play, but when the ball keeps coming in your box there is always a chance you will concede.

"It's what they do well and it was basically 45 minutes of set plays. It was a difficult half."

The boss also spoke about Elkan Baggott, who made his league debut for the Club today, stepping in for the suspended Cameron Burgess in defence.

"Elkan can be pleased with himself," Kieran added.

"He was nice and composed on the ball and it was a challenge for him against Smith. He applied himself very well."

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