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INTERVIEW: We need to turn draws into wins at home

Unbeaten Ipswich will provide a stern test for Reds

1 September 2022


INTERVIEW: We need to turn draws into wins at home

Unbeaten Ipswich will provide a stern test for Reds

1 September 2022

John Coleman is desperate to find that winning formula at the Wham Stadium – but faces an unbeaten Ipswich Town side who are challenging near the top of the League One table.

The Reds have drawn their three League One games at home so far as well as draws in the Carabao Cup and Papa Johns Trophy clashes – before penalty shoot-outs.

Ipswich are currently in second place in the league, winning four and drawing two of their six league games, and are one of the top scorers while also having one of the best defences.

They have former Reds Cameron Burgess, Janoi Donacien and Kayden Jackson among their number.

“We are unbeaten but we haven’t won nearly enough,” said Coleman. “We have only won one game and we have to start winning games, that’s the currency in football and we are desperate to do that.

“Ipswich are a massive club and they have signed a raft of quality players. It didn’t quite materialise for them last season but I like to see the big clubs thrive, be where they belong and Ipswich don’t belong in League One. However, while they are in this level, we will do our damnest to make it difficult for them.

“We have shown we can compete in League One and win games, we just want to win more.”

Coleman hopes his side can turn on the style, something he felt they didn’t do in the goalless draw with Exeter City on Saturday

“It was disappointing Saturday as we did nothing to enthral the fans and consequently we had a flat atmosphere, and that happens in football.

“Hopefully the atmosphere will be very good on Saturday and we can respond to that and give them something to cheer about.

“We have to got to get on the front foot, we have got to start defending better, start attacking better and try and get the fans on the edge of their seats and make the opposition's goalkeeper work. If you do that, you have got a chance of winning the game.”

While the Reds have an unbeaten start to their league campaign, Coleman knows there is more to come.

“An unbeaten start can mask a lot of things. I don’t think we have hit the heights that I know we are capable of.

“We are still making loads of chances but we are also squandering a lot of chances.

“We are not hitting the target nowhere near the frequency we should be and that’s got to be addressed.

“We are also conceding too many goals and that has to be addressed too. We have young and new players who are still adapting to our system. The longer they play, the better they will get, I hope, we have just got to keep working with them.”

Rosaire Longelo is the only doubt with a hamstring injury, aside from the long term casualties.

The full pre-match interview video with John Coleman is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!

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