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Knudsen: We Need to Stick Together
Monday, 3rd Oct 2016 06:00

Left-back Jonas Knudsen has issued a call for unity as the Blues look to work their way through a tough period which has seen them fail to score for four matches and win only two of their last 11 games in all competitions.

Town, who are down to 16th in the Championship, were booed by their supporters on Saturday as the final whistle confirmed league leaders Huddersfield’s 1-0 victory, the Terriers’ first win at Portman Road in 20 years and the Blues' first home loss in the league this season.

"We have to stick together and that's the only thing I want to say to everybody,” the Danish international said.

“In the dressing room we are going to stick together and every team has been in this position where it's not going the way you want it to go.

"It's not the way to shout at everybody, we have to stick together and we will come back stronger. Of course the fans are not happy but we want to do the best for them.”

Knudsen has backed Leon Best to end the goal drought when the Blues return to action after the international break when they travel to face the 30-year-old striker's former club Blackburn on Saturday 15th October.

"We have missed a goal in the last few games but nobody more than us wants to get another goal,” the 24-year-old full-back added.

“It will come soon because you can see Besty is getting better and better. We have to keep going and stick together."

Best made his second start for the Blues after two sub appearances having joined Town on a free transfer close to the end of the transfer window following a successful trial.

"He is going to get stronger and stronger,” Knudsen continued. “He was out for a little while and now he is in good shape. He is going to be a good striker for us, the big man we need. The goals will come for him if he keeps doing what he's doing.”

Looking back at Saturday’s defeat, he added: "We stopped Huddersfield playing and it is the small details in this league, we know that.

“But we had to get a 0-0 out of this game if you can't score goals. We have defended well this season - you can see that in the table - but were are missing the small details offensively and we will keep working on that.

"When we come out on the other side of this process we will get a very good product out of it.”

Christopher Schindler’s 58th minute goal came after skipper Luke Chambers and keeper Bartosz Bialkowski combined to give away a needless corner.

"We hate to concede from corner kicks and maybe we have done a little too much of that this season but we have to keep going,” Knudsen admitted.

Huddersfield goalscorer Schindler said the visitors were aware that the game was unlikely to be a free-scoring affair.

"We knew by looking at their stats that they don't concede too many goals and that perhaps it wouldn't be a really good-looking game so set pieces were important,” the German defender said.

“I am more than happy that I have scored my first goal for this club.

"I got a good feeling on the set piece. I saw that the space in front of the first defender was not occupied and made a short run from the far post to the near post. The delivery was right on that spot.

All Huddersfield’s eight wins this season have been by a single goal and Schindler says Saturday’s match was typical of their fixtures.

"All our games are quite tight and one situation can decide it,” he added. “Now we won this game and got a clean sheet against not the best opponent playing football but one that defends well on a narrow pitch."

Schindler was replaced in the second half having taken a blow to the head: "I got hit by an elbow I think and felt it was bloody but I thought I would have been able to carry on playing.

"“I got treatment off the opponents' doc and he said the skin was too thin for him to stitch it but I will get some back in Huddersfield.

"Sometimes you get hit, it's part of the game - it's a contact sport and it was not intentional.”

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BrettenhamBlue added 06:10 - Oct 3
Personally, happy with Knudsens performances this season. He's made the left back position his own and fans aren't crying out for a new LB.

Unity is vital. We need a good result from the Blackburn game. Lose that and things will really start to look grim.

BrettenhamBlue added 06:14 - Oct 3

Penguinblue added 06:55 - Oct 3
We need to get rid of McCarthy - and now.
Ideal time with international break.
McCartyhy OUT

Penguinblue added 06:58 - Oct 3
And don't try partly blaming Bart for the corner - it was entirely down to Chambers as usual - including his part in subsequent lack of marking

surgery added 07:00 - Oct 3
You're quite right. We all need to stick together in getting shot of Mr McCarthy

Penguinblue added 07:00 - Oct 3
Unfortunately the TWTD editorial is getting as insipid as BBC Suffolk and that Brennan bloke

DurhamTownFan added 07:11 - Oct 3
Penguin-they can only report on what players actually said!

Still the same dull message from the camp though-rather get a 0-0 every game, almost like that's plan A and then winning the game is plan B

DurhamTownFan added 07:15 - Oct 3
The star actually almost had an opinion here until the final fence-sitting paragraph!

BrettenhamBlue added 07:16 - Oct 3
Blackburn are billing this as a relegation 6 pointer so a 0-0 could actually prove a good result.

Sad that we are looking like fighting a relegation battle rather than a promotion push. You never know, we might win 5 in a row and be right up there again!

No, I don't think that's happening either...

bluehook added 07:59 - Oct 3
I'm sick of hearing these dull platitudes. Same sh!te game after game.

Dissboyitfc added 08:21 - Oct 3
We should all stick together and stay away! MM taking us nowhere good, unless you call league 1 good!

1RWR added 08:53 - Oct 3
Perhaps Evans saw the dire football we all witnessed, then saw the pathetic attendance & thought bu*ger this! MM out! sorry......

vanmunt added 09:03 - Oct 3
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tractorboybig added 09:16 - Oct 3
lemings stick together as they go over the cliff.

miltonsnephew added 09:29 - Oct 3
Mick Mc joint favourite with Steve Bruce to take over at Aston Villa

Will the Ipswich fans get their wish, all being it not my choice.

Mick Must stay!!!

VulpineBlue added 09:47 - Oct 3
Sorry Jonas. Too late. Whilst Mick has been totally unable to get his central midfield over the halfway line, after 18 months he has managed to cross the Rubicon with this fans tollerance.

TR11BLU added 09:50 - Oct 3
Dino Out now

Tony88 added 10:01 - Oct 3
I would like to ask a question it is understandable that fans paying high admission are very unhappy with the situation at the moment and vented their spleen on Saturday. I would like to know if any of the people who are wanting MM to go have written to MM to explain why he continues pick his favourite players in every match and not seeming to have a B plan when things are going wrong.
I am sure that if he was to be sent 1000 plus letters written in the right way (not using foul language) he may well explain the reasons why he is doing choosing to play the system that is that we see week in and week out. I do not believe that he looks at this site every day to see what the fans have to say as most of the posts just say MM out.

weevil added 10:07 - Oct 3
I think Knudsen will become a fan favourite.

Daleyitfc added 10:15 - Oct 3
Keep wheeling them out, Town :
"This squad is a shambles and Bestie won't score if he plays another 30 games ; we need a new manager ... owner" - things you won't hear at a player interview ....

alfromcol added 10:15 - Oct 3

The club's PR people will be looking at this site and any others that relate to ITFC, this would be common practice by companies wanting to find out what their customers think. If they don't then another failing by the club. PS I'm not saying that TWTD viewers and posters are necessarily a representative sample of the 14000 or so who go to games, but they are a sample. Whether PR tell M, that's another story. Hopefully Aston Villa will tempt him away. And I don't care about "be careful what you wish for". I just want and end to this era of dreadful football and team selection at Portman Road.

Lightningboy added 10:23 - Oct 3
Here we go with all the usual twaddle....."we'll come back stronger"..."we'll turn things round"..."Dougie'll get us the goals from midfield"..."Besty will get us the goals we need"..."let's put an unbeaten run together"..."Portman road can be our fortress"..."We have faith in Mick"....etc etc etc etc etc etc etc.................

Just get some bloody shooting practice in over the next 2 weeks - the lot of you.

Woodbridgian added 10:25 - Oct 3
I'm not sure how he's backing Best to end the Goal drought! If we don't create any chances from midfield, which we don't it wouldn't matter who was playing up front! Unless we stop playing 3 defensive midfield players who create zero then nothing is going to change.

Dissboyitfc added 10:36 - Oct 3
Tony 88 he would nt respond to 10.000 person and polite hand written letters. He pproves my point on many occasions , he actually says he doesnt have to explain his reasons to the fans and as he has said when the fans call for change, i:e substitution, " the more they ask the less likely i will do"

I have lost all patience with the man, he needs to go.

Dissboyitfc added 10:38 - Oct 3
And i have an idea who in the short term could take over, seem to remember him doing a good job with Magilton, Bryan Klug, would do any worse and we would see some football!

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