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INTERVIEW: Nottingham's reaction on the defeat to Ipswich

Stanley defender Michael Nottingham discusses the 2-0 defeat to Ipswich Town

17 October 2020

After making his first start for the club, Accrington Stanley defender Michael Nottingham discusses the 2-0 defeat to Ipswich Town.

Nottingham, who came on as a substitute last Saturday, admitted that he was happy to have made his first start for the club since his move from Blackpool.

"I'm happy to get my first start and I think we were the better team in the first half to be honest.

"We passed the ball very well and we didn't allow them to play the way they wanted to.

"We limited them in terms of chances and I think we had a good amount of chances as well, if we'd have taken them then it's a very different game."

Goals from Gwion Edwards and Freddie Sears secured the win for the league leaders, and the 31-year-old explained that they showed Paul Lambert's side too much respect during the second half.

"When we got in at half-time, we knew the first goal was going to be an important one.

"We gave them too much respect in the second half, we sat too deep and we allowed them to play.

"They're top of the league and they're there for a reason, overall there's some positives to take from the game."

After playing as a wing-back during today's game, Nottingham said that he is happy to play anywhere that manager John Coleman needs him to.

"One of my strong points is that I am a versatile player, I'm happy to play anywhere that the manager wants me to.

"I want to be on the pitch and help the team out in any possible way I can.

"It would be nice to stay in one position and try to get some consistency, but I'll do whatever for the team to help out."

Nottingham was one of only three Reds players over the age of 24 to start at Portman Road, and he admitted how important it is for the younger lads to learn from today's game.

"It's a good experience for the younger lads as long as we learn from our mistakes, we've got to be positive because we've got a lot of young players in the dressing room and they're learning from it.

"I've played at this level for a little while now, I've got some experience and I'm at that age where I've played a lot of games in my career.

"I'm always there to help them, but a lot of them are learning very quickly so I don't think they'll need too much help."

Stanley will welcome both Fleetwood Town and Bristol Rovers to the Wham Stadium within the next week, and the defender is happy that the games are coming quickly.

"We want to put today behind us and move forward from it.

"We want to make up for it on Tuesday night, so it's good that the games are coming at us thick and fast."

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