Ipswich Town will host AFC Wimbledon in a League One game on Portman Road this afternoon (3pm). STUART WATSON shows a preview of the action.
Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook wants to win the trust of supporters.
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Is today the day this redesigned team from Ipswich Town scores their first campaign win?
There have been many encouraging signs so far, but the combination of not finishing games when you get to the We are on top and conceding sloppy goals for individual mistakes means that the performance was not backed up by points.
“The only attraction we have is that the guys have a little time to develop “said coach Paul Cook, whose team drew against Morecambe and MK Dons (both 2-2 at home) and against Burton and Cheltenham (both 2-1 away) in the league so far.
” We had last weekend three guys – (Hayden) Coulson, (Kyle) Edwards and (Cameron) Burgess – who made their home debuts, you can only imagine how difficult this is for these players with their families, with tickets, with hotels, with moving, everything.
“So there is this appeal to the time. We’re not talking about a long time here, we’re just talking about a few games so that everyone can travel together, get used to each other, and most importantly, spend those hours doing the training ground that we have to learn. “He added: “All excuses will soon be gone and the race will be in earnest.
” We know we have to get up to speed, we know we have to win games, we know we have to stop scoring stupid goals give away.
“But one of the greatest qualities of this team is the ability to score good goals. I think everyone has seen that. And when you carry that blow as a fighter, you are a danger. We have to do the other aspects of the game. ” That will now lead to us being a better team and getting more points on the board. “
Rekeem Harper and Macauley Bonne in Ipswich Town’s 2-2 draw with MK Dons.
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Paul Cook’s record since taking over Town in March is now W4 D9 L8.
“Right now I’m sure I don’t have the trust of Ipswich fans,” he said . “The players will probably be the same. We want to develop that over the next few weeks. You have to see signs that we are getting better and stronger. Then that level of trust will develop more.”
“Nobody has a wand. The harder you work, the more lucky you are. Our boys work hard – I can guarantee that.
“It’s about bringing some patterns into our game. At the moment the patterns are indifferent. If you watch us play, we are indifferent. We have to be consistent.
“I just keep going. I won’t let the results or the goals conceded influence me. I’ve been in other teams where we went through similar patches. Sometime something goes your way, sometime you will you click, partnerships develop “in front of your eyes and suddenly things look better. I am 100% confident that this will happen to this team from Ipswich Town. “
Town are currently eight points behind early top trio Sheffield Wednesday, Wycombe and Portsmouth. When asked if it was important that Town did not let that void grow too large during their embedding, Cook replied, “If we were to sit where they are now, would we be promoted? No we wouldn’t. If you carry on a good run of three games or a bad run of three games, your life will change. I’ve been in these leagues long enough to know that. The only thing that changes everyone’s mind is the results. We all have teams that you mentioned playing. “
Summer signings Conor Chaplin and George Edmundson could both return from their injuries today.
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Cook says all of his injured players could return “very, very quickly” and that “possibly one or two” will appear today.
So there is a possibility that George Edmundson will be the last of the 16 summers -Town signings makes his debut this afternoon.
The 23-year-old, affectionately known as “The Fridge” by his former Rangers teammates, would most likely replace Luke Woolfenden at the heart of defense and partner Cameron Burgess. </ As a left-back, a choice has to be made between loanee Hayden Coulson, who made his debut last weekend, and Matt Penney, who made a solid start in life with the Blues.
Lee Evans and Rekeem Harper have started every league game so far. Is the door ajar for Tom Carroll for his first launch? Dropping Captain Evans after his costly mistake against MK Dons would certainly be a brave move.
At the top of the field, Conor Chaplin, Sone Aluko and James Norwood are back in the picture, while Joe Pigott (an unused underground Boot last weekend) is another offensive option.
However, it’s hard to see any of the top four Kyle Edwards, Scott Fraser, Wes Burns and Macauley Bonne being ousted right now. Burns would be the most likely candidate.
Coach Mark Robinson put in the league games against Doncaster (2-1 away win), Bolton (3: 3 draw) and Sunderland (1-0 away defeat) a 4-2-3-1- System one, while it was 3 4: 3 for the 1-1 home game against 10-man Gillingham.
Meanwhile, it was 3-5-2 in the Carabao Cup for the victories against Charlton and Northampton, which was a third round after Arsenal.
Cook was at Sixfields Tuesday night to watch the Dons progress after a last-minute 1-0 win. Ben Heneghan and Anthony Hartigan were the only two outfielders to keep their seats after losing three days at the Stadium of Light. “I really enjoyed the game,” said Cook. “I thought Wimbledon was a threat. They probably played a different system than they did on Saturday, with a lot different staff. But they are clearly a team that play with great faith and great structure. I think Mark did an excellent job . ” in a short term as managing director.
“Our game plan doesn’t change very much for the opponent. It’s about how good we can be? We respect every team we play against, but the most important thing for us now is one Complete 90 minutes for a game. “
” The moment you watch us and say ‘wow, they are showing some really good signs’, the next moment you think’ how young, naive, are you inexperienced? ‘ Only time and games will make us stronger and better. “
Joe Pigott scored 54 goals in three and a half seasons for AFC Wimbledon as the London club repeatedly defeated relegation in League One.
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Scott Fraser has already competed against his former clubs Burton and MK Dons this season. Now Joe Pigott takes on his former employer AFC Wimbledon.
Pigott scored more than 50 goals in three and a half seasons for the London club when they repeatedly defeated the League One drop.
In a heartfelt letter, the The 27-year-old wrote after moving from Bosman to Town, he said it was the “hardest decision” of his career and it was an “absolute privilege” to play for the Dons.
Wimbledon assistant boss Rob Tuvey said: “I think he’s definitely up there (with Wimbledon’s best strikers), considering the service he’s given to the club on and off the pitch. He was a huge part of our dressing room last year and hopefully Wimbledon fans will take him in great. Joe was fantastic for us and we wish him all the best for the future. “
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