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Cook: Disappointing, We'd Managed Their Threat
Saturday, 14th Aug 2021 18:29

Town boss Paul Cook admitted the Blues’ 2-1 defeat at Burton was disappointing as he felt his team had gained control of the game having dealt with the Brewers’ threat at the point that the penalty, which Lucas Akins converted, was conceded.

Asked what he made of the game, Town's first ever defeat to Burton, Cook said: “Just disappointing, isn’t it? We were just at a stage of the game, with the greatest respect to Burton, who were probably excellent at times in the first half, where we’d managed their threat, the threat was there no more.

“We’d moved up to the halfway line with the ball, our centre-halves were high up the pitch, we were dominating the game in terms of getting our flair players to open them up and get that winner.

“And [we made] individual mistakes, which we’re making, there’s no problem with that, we can’t keep making them.

“I’ll never blame penalty misses me, it’s football. But when Scotty [Fraser]’s putting the ball down it’s looking a great day for Ipswich and unfortunately we end up on the back end of a defeat and I don’t think we deserved it.”

When it was put to him it was a case of fine margins, he agreed: “It’s all it is. You saw Kyle Edwards coming off the bench what a good player he’s going to be for the club.

“You’ve got to stay with the positives. [George] Edmundson’s in the building, a centre-half, [Hayden] Coulson’s in the building, Chaplin has a little niggle, there are so many positives.

“We’re all down today. I thought our travelling support was terrific, great credit to them, they turned up in great numbers. It was a lovely day.

“Good luck to Burton, they’re a tough team to play against, they put you under pressure at all times, but we should have left with something today, that’s for sure.”

He says that his team should have looked to get the ball out of play in the build-up to the penalty.

“It’s football. What you can’t do, you can never kid supporters,” he continued. “If you’re a manager or a coach and you’re telling everyone the world’s going to be alright and they’re watching the world not be alright, you’re a bit delusional.

“Today we were at a point in the game where we couldn’t lose it. We were in control of the match. We’d managed their best spells, there’s no doubt about that and then little mistakes in possession where we get a little bit loose, we get a bit casual, we’re not set and all of sudden they counter-attack, it’s a penalty and we’re all out of position. That can’t happen and won’t happen.”

He says those mistakes will be ironed out as the team develops: “One hundred per cent. Even last week against Morecambe, we couldn’t lost the game at the point we gave the goal away.

“Today was the same, we’ve lost a game and drew a game, but with all due respect to Morecambe, we should have drawn both of them, Morecambe 1-1 or we win 2-1, today should have been 1-1.

“We’re in possession of the ball, if you stop the clip when we’ve got it, they have no one in our half and they score, by a misplaced pass. And we work hard on them in training. Those passes are simple. The decisions where we play and what the lads should be doing in possession.

“What happens sometimes, not when the game gets easy, that would be disrespectful to Burton, but we were high up the pitch, retaining possession and we’ve got to make sure we do it better.”

He added: “We just keep going, we’ve got such a long season, the highs and lows. We know we’ve got sustain winning football to win games. I’ve got every confidence that we’ll do that.

“I know what’s in the dressing room, I know what’s in the building, I know what the fitness levels have been.

“If you look at the goals we’ve conceded, especially the second ones, they’re both headers when we’ve got the ball, that has to stop.”

Cook took positives in particular from the way his team dealt with Burton in the first half: “We did well. Physically, our back four wasn’t the strongest today but we did well. They managed the moments in the game.

“We’re really disappointed with the goals, we’re disappointed that we haven’t scored more because we felt that on a lovely pitch that we would get chances. And we’ve just got to keep working away at it.”

Regarding the missed penalty, he added: “Scotty Fraser, I don’t think he missed one for the MK Dons, did he? No one misses deliberately. Like I said, just lick my wounds as a manager, compliments to our supporters, they travelled in great numbers, it was great to see.

“I think everyone would probably say that we did show some glimpses of what we’re hopefully be about, but we know what to get up and running quickly.”

Cook cited Kyle Edwards’s display from the bench as another positive: “As we keep signing players, we’ve had to put a new squad together. We’re really disappointed to travel home with no points because being a manager I’ve been around, I know that even if we draw today we’re two unbeaten. Everyone will write different scripts, that’s football, and it doesn’t bother me, I’ve been in it too long to know.

“You just keep picking your points up as you go along and you’ll be OK. For us it was really disappointing, we should have been shaking hands at 1-1 and saying ‘Wasn’t it a fair result’.”

Regarding Louie Barry’s league debut, he said: “He’s just a young boy who’s got a bright future. It’s a tough place to come. He’s been given his debut today, Macauley Bonne’s played a couple of games now. We’re finding out the best permutations, who’ll play as a 10, who’ll play as a nine.

“We have got good options. Chaplin’s injured, which is a blow, Norwood’s injured, Wes Burns is injured, Sone Aluko’s injured, so we have got a few little niggles. The reality is we’ll just keep working away.”

Asked whether any of them have a chance of being involved at Cheltenham, he said: “I’m miserable tonight, as you can imagine, so we’ll just stay miserable for a bit before we look to Tuesday.”

Quizzed on whether Town are, as reported, set to sign Cameron Burgess from Accrington, Cook was keeping his cards close to his chest: “I don’t know anything about that at the minute. What did Arsene Wenger say? I didn’t see it!”

Is the centre-half a player he likes? “I’m not going to discuss that, we are strengthening. I’m not being disrespectful to any other clubs about potential signings, we’ll just keep doing our business as well as we can.”

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martin587 added 18:36 - Aug 14
Honest assessment from the boss but must do better.It will come we just have to be patient.It’s a very long season.

Pencilpete added 18:39 - Aug 14
Thats 3 games we've dominated, spunked numerous good chances and given stupid sucker punch goals away. We could easily we talking about 3 wins but we're talking about 2 defeats and a scrambled draw.

Ill stay patient but how long before this stops being unlucky and players not gelling and starts being sloppy and wasteful??

Pencilpete added 18:40 - Aug 14
Ill also add thats 3 games where we've gone a goal down early on .... we can't keep doing it

Vancouver_Blue added 18:42 - Aug 14
You have to wonder how long the new owners will put up with Cook. I was never convinced that he was Gamechangers choice despite the pr spin they said "right man for the job' at the time of the takeover

jas0999 added 18:44 - Aug 14
Good assessment of the situation. Despite the vast majority of fans finding the positives (rightly so), Cook is a realist. Yes, it will take time. But there is no getting away from it, one point from two games, defeated by a poor Newport at home in the cup. Not a great start. Certainly disappointing. Cook will know that he needs to start winning matches - soon.

Suffolkboy added 18:44 - Aug 14
PC mixes truth with absolute fiction , in a balance he’s skilful to judge ! The result IS disappointing , the mistakes ,according to PC , should not have happened and were avoidable ; the decision making is nothing to do with training ,and everything to do with intelligence and application which our professional footballers should find second nature !
Rightfully PC is careful in his critique ,but one hopes the iron will is there to sort out the ‘amateurish’ mistakes and misjudgements which have cost ITFC the game and the points !
Get to it , Town , we’re all willing you on ,but there’s no compromise on the road to success ! - and can never be !

Wooly74 added 18:46 - Aug 14
Ffs just calm down, two games into a 46 game season and with a total brand new squad…

I’ve seen enough to suggest we will be in a much better position come May 22.


BobbyBell added 19:00 - Aug 14
Have people already forgotten previous seasons when we had hardly any possession and not one goal attempt in 90 minutes?? At least now we are dominating and creating chances. Be patient and we will start turning this into wins. All the negative comments only put pressure on the players when they actually need support and some confidence. I can foresee us creaming a lot of teams later in the season once this squad gets confident and relaxed. We all need to get behind them.

bedsitfc added 19:08 - Aug 14
Come back John Duncan all is forgiven

blues1 added 19:08 - Aug 14
Vancouberblue. You clearly didnt listen to the new owners very well. Who said that cook was their number1 choice, as well as being Evan's choice. And as theyve also stated categorically that the demise of the previous 10 years will take time to turn round, I'd say, that quite rightly they will be sticking by Cook for some time. Regardless of whether we get promoted this season or not. Of course, undoubtedly, should there be no sign whatsoever of improvement to the past years, they would take action. But if anyone cannot see that there have already been improvements then theyrexeither blind or a liar. Hopefully with the addition of Burgess that will help us defensively, which in turn will make things easier for us going forwards. And by conceding less, take pressure off the forwards.

tractorboybig added 19:17 - Aug 14
Managed their threat? WE LOST

Rootshall91 added 19:18 - Aug 14
Cheltenham are going to get it on Tuesday night

mib added 19:19 - Aug 14
Wooly74, would you have said the same if it was Lambert ?

WhoisJimmyJuan added 19:22 - Aug 14
We just have to stick with it guys for now. Stay behind the team at the matches and confine concerns and grumbles to these forums like this. It is a brand new squad 3 games in. Let's give it time but don't slap people down on here for venting their frustration. Best let it out on here where no harm can he done. Just stay behind the players. I'm keeping faith for now but feeling rather underwhelmed personally.

oldshuck added 19:22 - Aug 14
We're still losing games. Been on the wrong end of fine margins for too many years. It was Cook's choice to get rid of so many players - surely some would have been ok (at least in the short term) under the fantastic new coaching regime??

Karlosfandangal added 19:24 - Aug 14
2 games played and 4 injured yet he wants to play with a small squad
Need a couple of strikers as 6 is not enough.
Sell Woolfenden and Nsiala. And try and win 6-5

Seriously what is it with our players always injured thought this was the point of the new sports scientist.

Looking good going forward just need our shooting boots and a little luck but the defence is a worry, are we push the wingers up too much. Hopefully Edmunson and Coulsen plus this lad from Accrington will be the answer.

Fat_Boy_Tim added 19:29 - Aug 14
I know PC is feeling miserable but l’m feeling more positive than he is. If you’ve lived through the last few seasons where we ‘take a quick free kick on the halfway line and play it directly to our centre halves who are immediately put under pressure and lose the ball’ you can’t help but feel enthused by the more attacking intent and the new talent we’ve brought in. We are short at the back but no one was expecting a back line of Woolfenden and Donacien. I’m going to be patient for months yet. It will come good and I have faith in PC. Sorry if this is rambling but COYB!

Wickets added 19:32 - Aug 14
Surprising how often when Town lose a Cup game midweek we get beat again on the Saturday !

cornishnick added 19:38 - Aug 14
Beginning to sound like a broken record.

dirtydingusmagee added 19:39 - Aug 14
Rootshall , you must be one of my old neighbours, love your optimism , but i hold my breaqth .

Umros added 19:40 - Aug 14
Turned up in our masses ‘yes’.......a lovely day ‘No’

tractorollson added 19:42 - Aug 14
Same old boring rubbish then

Murphys_Law added 19:45 - Aug 14
Phil can we please get back to reporting the opposition managers comments please? It adds balance and perspective to our managers comments.

TimmyH added 19:45 - Aug 14
Defence definitely needs to be's let us down the last couple of weekends.

Tractorboy58 added 19:46 - Aug 14
Cook's record is appalling ! I am yet to be convinced

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