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Ipswich Town 3 v 1 Birmingham City
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Saturday, 24th February 2024 Kick-off 15:00
Venus: We Didn't Have Enough Big Moments
Saturday, 24th Feb 2024 18:49

Birmingham City assistant manager Mark Venus felt his side didn’t have enough big moments during their 3-1 defeat to the Blues at Portman Road and gave the latest news on his club’s boss Tony Mowbray, Town’s former captain and coach.

Venus was standing in for Mowbray for the first time with the 60-year-old taking six-to-eight weeks away from his role for treatment for a medical issue.

“It was a tough afternoon, to a point,” Venus said. “We got off to a slow start and then got back in the game and I thought for the second half for a period we sort of contained without really threatening. But we didn’t have enough moments from our team in their final third, really.”

Reflecting on Town’s display, he added: “I think they have be given a bit of credit on the day, I think they played really well, they were on the front foot, they had a lot of purpose, they’ve got a big pot at the end of the season if they can achieve it and they’re taking three teams right to the wire.”

But he was disappointed with the way his team conceded: “I think the goals were really disappointing, we’ve been through them in the dressing room and we have to do better. You can’t come to top teams and give soft goals away.”

The former Town central defender, like Mowbray a member of the team which won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2000, dismissed suggestions that Conor Chaplin’s opener for the Blues ought to have been ruled out.

“I don’t think it was offside, to be honest,” he said. “It didn’t look offside when I watched it on the replay.”

Venus was asked whether Mowbray had been in contact with him during the game.

“No, not today,” he said. “He’s still recovering, he needs a bit of time off. He’s had some surgery, his medical procedure and he’s recovering now. He’s fine.”

In the fifth minute of the game - Mowbray wore the number five at Town - Blues fans showed their support for their former player and coach with a minute’s applause.

“Amazing,” Venus said. “I think everyone in the football world’s been incredible towards him.

“I can’t tell you on my side how many people have sent on their best wishes and made the effort to get in contact and things. I know that he can’t believe it, so it’s good.”

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ImAbeliever added 18:54 - Feb 24
Mowbray and Venus always class.

Karlosfandangal added 19:37 - Feb 24
Agree with ImAbeliever

Class act

I think I am right but Town have now scored 80 soft goals this season

MidlandsBlue92 added 19:53 - Feb 24
All the best, Mogga.

Bring on the run in, nothing would make me happier than pipping Leeds to second.

SouperJim added 20:06 - Feb 24
Absolutely love Mogga and Veno, they were top class for us and a big part of not only getting in the prem, but finishing 5th and giving us two seasons of European football.

Thought Birmingham were decent today, really made us work for it and the game could have gone either way second half. I'm sure M&V will have them heading in the right direction if they're given a bit of time.

Suffolkboy added 21:12 - Feb 24
Perhaps typical of M& V : honest, straightforward , no excuses and a genuine assessment of play !

Thanks , M V ,and very best to TM !

Bert added 22:56 - Feb 24
Venus was probably one of our best takers of free kicks and Mowbray one of the best headers. Both will always be welcome at Portman Road.

howsey51 added 12:35 - Feb 25
Venus was just a makeweight in the deal that saw us sell Sedgley, and yet he went on to be a critical part of our promotion team and then played 23 games in the prem helping us finishing 5th. He/we could never have dreamed of that scenario in the twilight of his playing career... what an absolute legend. And we wouldn't have got there without Mogga either. Best of luck to both of them.

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