After Stevenage’s defeat to Ipswich in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, Dean Parrett says he and his team mates “gave it everything” and that the result is a difficult pill to swallow.
“I think we started very well, the first 45 I think we had them rattled. It was a nice move for the goal, we pressed well – something we had been working on in training.
“They made a mistake, Dipo played me a nice ball and I did well to get away from the defender and then it has gone in off the defender, so it was a slice of luck but it was a good move.
“It is a shame, they are a Championship side and we gave a good account for ourselves but to be honest we are a bit disappointed with the goals we conceded.
“We worked our socks off out there and I think the fans could see that. We gave it everything and just came away a little bit short.”
After going into the break 1-0 up, Ipswich came storming back in the second half and their pressure was rewarded with two goals that ultimately won them the game.
Parrett says that it was imperative Boro scored the second goal.
“In every game you are always going to come under pressure for a period and it is about holding out for that bit of pressure. We had our period and got our goal but really the next goal was massive; we needed to make sure it was us that scored it and took a bit of pressure off ourselves.
“We even spoke at half-time that if it is still 1-0 going into the last 10 minutes, it is not enough – we need another goal. It is just shame; we are all gutted to be honest with you.”
With less than 10 minutes to go, Parrett was upended in the area and the referee appeared to give a penalty. Just as Brett Williams was preparing to take the spot kick, the decision was overturned.
Having felt as though we won a penalty, Parrett was equally gutted and confused.
“I felt the contact behind me and because of my forward momentum; I couldn’t control myself and fell over. I got up, saw the referee point to the spot and after that I don’t know what happened.
“It is disappointing because we worked so hard to get back into the game and for us to have our hopes raised and then dashed like that, it hurts.”