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Morsy: We Blew Them Away
Sunday, 27th Mar 2022 10:05 by Blair Ferguson

Ipswich Town captain Sam Morsy was full of praise for his team-mates after yesterday’s impressive 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle, Morsy's second goal of the season having ended the Pilgrims' six-game winning run.

The much-needed win leaves Town five points off of sixth place with six games remaining, but with many of the teams surrounding them having at least one game in hand.

Saturday afternoon’s win was the Blues’ second over a side in the upper reaches of the division since manager Kieran McKenna took over - Wycombe were defeated by the same scoreline in the new boss’s first match - and Morsy is well aware it was a must-win game to keep the season alive after two draws.

"We just have to put wins together and we had to go a step further today,” Morsy said. “Portsmouth and Oxford were good performances but draws.

“Today if we lose, we are playing for our summer holidays. If we win, we're still in it and that's how it's got to be.

‘We’ve got to give absolutely everything and we have to win successive games, there's no way about it, and if we don't win successive games we weren't good enough to get there anyway.

"We have to put a couple of wins together, no doubt about it, we have to win successive games, but they won six in a row and I think we completely blew them away, to be honest, without even being at our best.

“They are a really good side, well organised and doing really, really well, but today we showed our quality.”

He added: “It was a big win. It was disappointing not to get the three points in the last two games, especially the last game, but a really good performance and a good three points today.”

The team effort required to win six games in a row isn't lost on Morsy, but he is confident that everyone can play their part, from Town's record-breaking defence to his midfield partner Tyreeq Bakinson.

“Ty is a great kid and he's a young lad who's learning,” the Egypt international said. “He's a really good player, he's still a baby, he's only 23 and I said to him today I might be your manager in five years' time, and he replied saying ‘Please God, I hope not!’.

“But he's a great kid and I've got a really good relationship with him, and he's improving every game.

"Like I said, he wants to learn, he's a really nice kid, and I'm really enjoying playing with him.”

When asked if he is happy to mentor young players, Morsy, who was joined for his post-match press conference by four-year-old daughter Sienna, continued: "Definitely, and especially players who want to learn. Some young players, not every player wants to learn, that just goes without saying.

“But he is definitely someone who wants to learn, he takes advice on board, he's got really good qualities in his game, and obviously, at 23, you're still learning as you are at any age, to be fair.

"But the main thing is him wanting to learn and he wants to, so that's great for me because it comes to the point where when younger players don't want to learn, you can't put your energy there because you get nothing back and it's counterproductive, but when someone wants to learn like that then it's great for me.

"But at every club, it's a mentality thing. There are some 21-year-olds who don't want to learn and there are some 31-year-olds desperate to learn. So it's all a mentality thing, but he's got a really good attitude, he's showing a really good attitude and everyone is enjoying having him in the group.”

Town’s solid defence recorded their 12th clean sheet in the 17 matches McKenna has been in charge with Cameron Burgess having slotted into the left side of the back three since George Edmundson suffered his ankle injury.

"George has had a really good season and Cam has come into possibly some of the toughest games of the season really, the toughest run, and I think we've only conceded one in the last three,” the 30-year-old said.

"But we've got a really good platform and the defence is doing well, and everyone is doing well. Wolf [Luke Woolfenden] is a really calming influence at the back, I think he's doing exceptionally well, but it's a really big team effort.”

Individual application is making the team effort pay off with Morsy a prime example. A hamstring injury which forced him off in the Lincoln and Portsmouth matches threatened to keep him out for the rest of the season, but Town's influential captain returned to the staring line-up on Saturday to open his Portman Road account.

"Obviously, that was my first goal at home and I think potentially I could have had a few this season,” he reflected.

“But it's my second of the campaign and I'm really hoping to add a couple more within the next six games of the season.

"When we had the scan on the Monday [after the Lincoln game], I was coming back in and the physio told me it was a grade two, and I've had a grade two hamstring before and I thought that was my season done, to be honest.

"But the medical guys here have been fantastic with me, have been really good, and the hamstring is strong and luckily I'm back fit and available.”

Regarding the goal, he added: "It was definitely a goal I wouldn't have scored earlier on in the season. But the manager has given me the licence, he wants me to run late and I know what it's like as a midfielder when a midfielder keeps running past you in the box.

“It's hard to stay with and I was probably on my own a couple of times in the box today and another day I could have had a few more.

"I started off my career as a box-to-box player at Port Vale and I think one of the first things the manager said to me was ‘I see qualities in you where I think you can do that, do you think you can still do that?’. I said yeah and we worked at it, and obviously it's great when it comes to fruition today.”

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Len_Brennan added 10:30 - Mar 27
He's 100% correct in everything he says here. A great signing from Cook, who knew exactly the calibre of the man he was getting; remarkable though KMcK is making him an even better player. Hopefully we'll have another 3 or 4 seasons out of him.
As for the run we need; I think we could afford 1 draw & still make the playoffs, but anything more than 2 points dropped will make it impossible the way the top 6 sides have been of late, ie we have to beat one of Rotherham & Wigan and not lose to the other, at least.

BlueRuin69 added 10:37 - Mar 27
This man is a beast on the football pitch and is becoming a solid Captain driving the team forward and you can see it rubbing off on the rest of the team. Coyb

TimmyH added 11:28 - Mar 27
First half we did...but the problem is we only scored one goal in that time, more composure and better decision making in the final third again missing. A couple of glaring opportunities between Aluko and Burns went begging and then the final chance which Burns missed but what was Bonne doing running ahead of him? (would have been offside) Hindsight a fine thing I know...

Gforce added 11:33 - Mar 27
Excellent performance from Morsy and the rest of the guys yesterday, as for the play-offs I'm still dreaming. But in the words of Horner to Verstappen with just a few laps remaining and Hamilton way out in front, Max we need a miracle.

Dockerblue added 11:36 - Mar 27
A very good captain and more importantly a captain the other players look up to. Leads by example, what we,ve not had from our skipper for many years.

Linkboy13 added 11:44 - Mar 27
Yes without doubt a championship player great composure on the ball and a driving force in midfield. Celina also quality knows exactly when to release the ball his pass for Wes Burns late in the game was brilliant. Wes Burns for me is just shading the player of the year award not only is he a scorer and creater of goals his work rate and team play is exceptional and he often appears from nowhere to tidy up in defence. One area he needs to improve on is his composure when he gets in on goal he often takes the shot on too early and tries and break the back of the net. The chance late in the game if he had of waited a split second longer he would have drew the keeper off his line and he could have set up Bonne for a easy chance.

ringwoodblue added 13:40 - Mar 27
Linkboy - but if he had, Bonne would’ve been offside as he ran in front of Burns so better that he took a shot himself.

Agree that Burns is shading player of the year with Woolfie second for me.

Fat_Boy_Tim added 15:52 - Mar 27
‘…leaves Town five points off of sixth place‘.

I know that Brenner Woolley is inarticulate enough to use ‘off of’ constantly during his commentary and it’s incredibly jarring but can we keep it out of print? We are 5 points off the payoffs. Just ‘off’ not ‘off of’. It’s an ungrammatical, incorrect verbal tick popularised by Scott Mills.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 16:22 - Mar 27
Fat_Boy_Tim: Ha, ha. I get your point, but in the web of grammatical errors that crop up on TWTD, "off of" is perhaps not the most irritating. Personally, I'd start by teaching the difference between "loose" and "lose." But hey, most people get the message over anyway, despite occasionally slaughtering the English language.

grinch added 16:28 - Mar 27
Over the whole season for me Donacien is player of season. Burn has the luxury of Donacian cover the whole right side for him allowing him more freedom than Thompson and Donacian has also covered for Wolfy on occasions especially in Nov and Dec Wolfy is getting better each month

essexccc added 19:01 - Mar 27
Agree with Grinch: Donacien player of the year but important to point out that this year there are 4 or 5 who wouldn’t be out of place winning it. Last year there was barely one.

As for annoying English: my vote goes for would or could “of” rather than would or could “have”.

But we’re all Town fans together, some are pedants, like me, most aren’t!!

Onwards and upwards.

SheptonMalletBlue added 19:47 - Mar 27
Morsy or Chambers? Hmmmm....let me think🤔

SouperJim added 19:53 - Mar 27
Fat_Boy_Tim - the most petty poster off of TWTD

SpiritOfJohn added 08:34 - Mar 28
Fat_Boy_Tim, are you suggesting corruption is an issue in League One? You have written: "We are 5 points off the payoffs". Please read your own comments carefully before having a go at others.

NewMaldenBlue added 09:59 - Mar 28
SpiritOfJohn, that gave me my first belly wobble of the week.

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