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Cook: Amazing Feeling For Bonne
Saturday, 7th Aug 2021 18:34

Boss Paul Cook felt scoring the Blues’ late, late leveller on his debut for his hometown club must have been an amazing feeling for striker Macauley Bonne as his side drew 2-2 at home with Morecambe.

Cook admitted that the goals Town conceded were as bad as they come but felt that his side’s first goal in particular, netted by Scott Fraser, also on his debut, showed the quality his team has.

“We had a bumper crowd in, that was great,” Cook said. “From our point of view the goals we gave away were shocking, absolutely shocking.

“From Morecambe’s point of view, you’ve got to give them credit. They’ve probably come into a game where most of the country has expected them to just get beat and their lads gave every breath for their club. They can leave stadium the very proud

“For us, as everyone can see, we’re a new team. I think the first goal showed the quality that might possess in terms of opening Morecambe up and scoring an amazing goal but then we gave them the softest goal you’ll ever see.

“It sucked the life out of me, so I don't know what it did to the team. We all get the same emotions.

“When we got back into the game we needed to control the game and get into areas of the pitch where we can score a second goal like we scored the first, not make the game open and allow them to score again.

“Pleased not to get beat, up and running, delighted with out supported, thought the atmosphere was electric, it was fantastic, and we move on to the next game.”

He added: “We gave poor goals away, Morecambe had very little, but credit must go to Morecambe in the game, they certainly came with a game plan and the game plan for long spells worked.

“You saw a moment of quality with our first goal, that we can open teams up, but we’ve got to get those flair players the ball.

“To give the second goal away, the game was just panning out there where we weren’t enjoying it. The referee genuinely… for whatever reason the game was becoming a little bit of a circus.

“And that can be football. I think Morecambe were probably happy with that because it looked like the game had petered out and Morecambe could travel home with a great 2-1 win.

“I’m so pleased with Macauley Bonne, who is a massive Ipswich Town fan. To score a goal like that deep into stoppage time in front of your own supporters and your own people must be an amazing feeling.

“And that will stay with Macauley forever now and his family were all here watching him. I probably should have put him on earlier he’ll tell me, but that’s football.”

Asked what else pleased him, he added: “We’re just brand new. Yesterday we had players arriving at the training ground, we’ve got medicals going on, we’ve got new cars coming into the car park. We’re new.

“We’ve got to be given that time to grow. All we want to do is keep working hard, we want fans to leave the ground today hopefully speaking well about the game. It was a 2-2 draw, it was a good game, it was two teams very committed to winning and long may that continue.”

He says there are still areas of the side which need new additions: “At the minute if you got through our squad individually we still have a few positions and slots we want to fill.

“I think as you can imagine defensively will be one. We need another central midfielder, there are positions we have to fill and as a club we’re not there yet.

“The reality is that we’ll keep looking for the quality that’s required to play for this club. You must have quality and application to play here.

“We all come here with one target, to take us forward, and if players want to be like that they’ll join us, if not then we’ll keep being patient.”

Town lost Toto Nsiala to a hamstring problem in the second half with the centre-half set to undergo a scan on Monday to discover the extent of the problem.

“Toto’s been great,” Cook said. “For these lads that have been here previously, all of a sudden they’ve got such a desire to do well.

“We all want to do well, firstly for the owners, for Mark Ashton, for the supporters, for everyone and in that willingness to want to do well, we’ve got to make sure we just play football.

“We just stay on the page that we’re here for, we don’t get caught up like Lee Evans and Rekeem [Harper] late on in the game where they’re trying to do five men’s jobs. They’re very good at doing their own job, and that’s what we want from our players.

“Well done to Morecambe, I’ve got say that, a massive pat on the back. For us well done, again the same, and we move on to the next one.”

Asked how bad he thinks the injury might be, he added: “It’s football, isn’t it? It gives someone else an opportunity. We’ve got Corrie Ndaba at the club at the minute. We know what we need to do. We’ll never be down on players or anything else, it’s easy to come out and make excuses for anything.

“It was a game we probably felt we should have won, especially after equalising, and it’s a massive learning curve for our future.”

Cook says he’ll give the likes of Louie Barry, who was on the bench today, and Sane Aluko, who signed too late to be involved, a chance on Tuesday when Newport County visit in the Carabao Cup.

“One hundred per cent, we’ll get games into our players, 100 per cent,” he said.

He also promises more new arrivals with the deal to land Portsmouth’s Michael Jacobs, who was left out by Pompey today, close to being confirmed. We understand that the loan move for Middlesbrough left-back Hayden Coulson should finally be rubber-stamped on Monday.

“Yes! You know me lads, don’t go far away,” he laughed. “Mark Ashton’s on fire at the minute, isn’t he? Let’s keep it going.”

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SouperJim added 19:02 - Aug 7
Looked like to bad errors by Woolfie which made the game much harder for us than it should have been, but plenty of positives including not getting beat when being behind twice and against a really poor ref who played into Morecambe's hands! Onwards and upwards.

Suffolkboy added 19:03 - Aug 7
Publicly very middle of the road ,and to be expected : behind the scenes will be a different matter and it’s there the telling contributions will come from PC and his coaching staff .
As ever there are gaps to strengthen ,both in players , positions and individual performance ,but that will only come as games progress and it’s far far too early to make anything other than generalisations and continue utter belief and enthusiastic support !

BossMan added 19:10 - Aug 7
I've yet to be convinced by Cook but I defy anyone not to admire his honesty. He is right to recognise the goals conceded weren't great but he could of sent Ashton out to get more CB coverage before now. Personally I'll be more than gutted if he can't make this team gel before October as too many points to play for in the meantime which we might regret come May. Despite very weak opposition a draw is not a disaster as perhaps on opening Saturday it's a more psychological than mathematical important result given where we were in the 90th minute.

Edmundo added 19:14 - Aug 7
Wow, it was so wonderful to be back. I really felt like we all wanted a win but enjoyed just feeling good about life being back again.

Timefliesbyintheblue added 19:20 - Aug 7
Don't be too hard on Woolfenden; if we as supporters have a fault it is praising a player one game and having a go the next. Just imagine how he is feeling tonight. if you have ever played we all have had nightmare games and he had his today.
Remember not long ago most wanted him as a regular. I for one hope he recovers from this, as there is a good player in there. Miss an open goal and you are quickly forgiven - have a poor game as a defender as he did today and you get crucified.

Mark added 19:20 - Aug 7
What a relief those equalisers were! Fantastic atmosphere today and great to be back.

Yes, we are very much work in progress but we must, must sign a central defender or two who can dominate in the air. When their keeper kicks it long we need to head it straight back at them, not let it bounce. I am sure Ashton and Cook will sort that out.


Bazza8564 added 19:32 - Aug 7
Mark, you nailed it!

The CB issue is clearly the main priority but on the bright side the intensity and passing were excellent until we started to tire. Harper looks like a really quality player, and the way he, Wes and CVY worked the right flank in the first half was exceptional.

The score didn't do us justice but reminds us to keep our feet on the ground. Play like that every week going forward and we will compete with anybody.

And 21000 +, awesome !

HalesworthBlue7 added 20:04 - Aug 7
GARY CAHILL that would really send out a statement of intent

LegendofthePhoenix added 21:35 - Aug 7
And Messi, he's a free agent as well

delias_cheesy_flaps added 23:05 - Aug 7
“We’re just brand new” so called fans would do well to remember these words. If you want instant go buy a pot noodle!

LancsBlue added 00:47 - Aug 8
Paul Cook promised what would be different from last season was the work rate, commitment and intensity. Today Morecambe worked harder, won more first and second balls and showed greater desire than us. People can talk about defensive mistakes and refereeing, but for me he has to address this first. As the old saying goes hard work will beat talent when talent fails to work hard.

Eddie1985 added 07:22 - Aug 8
Really pleased for bonne he is a natural goalscorer and town fan and one of the signings I'm most pleased about.. I rember taking my father in law who was a Colchester fan yo watch col u when he made his debut and came on and scored on what I believe was his birthday... I really hope we sign him up as he could be our main man long term in L1 then championship level

Umros added 07:53 - Aug 8
Woolfden needs to learn, just cause he has ‘made it’ to league football he can soon lose his way by thinking he’s the real deal, when actually he isn’t, lose the swagger and cockiness and we may have a decent centre back for Edmundson. It’s not Toto I’m afraid.

itfcasual added 09:48 - Aug 8
Citeh and PSG can offer millions but Messi is already rich. No other club on earth can offer the chance to play alongside Ed Sheeran!

Talbs77 added 12:07 - Aug 8
Lots of positive aspects today but at the back the shortage of defenders is worrying. Both Morecombe goals were shocking but our first goal was a fantastic move and finish.

What a day it was coming back to PR was special really fantastic to see so many friendly faces after so long.

Brilliant feeling so positive about the club, if someone had said to me 18 months ago you could have anything it would have been what’s happened to the club. It’s feels special to be a town fan right now.

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