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12 August 2015



12 August 2015

After narrowly losing out to Ipswich in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, manager Teddy Sheringham was frustrated with how events panned out even though he was pleased with the first half performance, in particular.

“There were a lot of positives from tonight. To come to a place like this and get in front, it was a very positive first half.

“For the first half I would say we did (dominate), we played some nice stuff but I think they got back into the game very quickly after.

“Probably a succession of set pieces from their point of view, getting free headers. Not just the first goal but before that they had a free header and you could feel a goal coming from their point of view and that is all from a lack of switching on at set-pieces against.

“Like I have just said in there, nearly 50% of goals are scored by set-pieces so, switch on.”

The gaffer made two changes at half-time with Williams coming on for Akinyemi and Gorman coming on for McAllister.

The midfield change was forced as McAllister suffered a knee injury but the striker switch was with a view to the busy schedule ahead.

“It was always the plan to change the two strikers; I told the lads that they could give it every effort in each half. I told Dipo to play that way in the first half, to really go for it and I told Brett to do that in the second half.

“We have got a lot of big games coming up and I want them to be fresh for those games.”

The big talking point from the game was a late penalty decision that was at first given, then not. After Christophe Berra collided with Dean Parrett in the area, a penalty was at first given and just as Brett Williams was ready to take the kick, the decision was over-turned.

Teddy says he isn’t sure what happened.

“I can’t (shine any light on it). I don’t know what has happened with the referee. I was told that the linesman gave it, then a few Ipswich players surrounded the linesman, the referee then gave it, then the linesman changed his mind.

“I don’t know – it wasn’t a penalty in my view but the referee and linesman gave it, then the decision was changed, bit disappointing but it happens.

“We were still giving it every effort to try and get back into the game and I am pleased that my team did that but the fact that we have let them back into the game with a simple goal is not on, from my point of view.”

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