Ipswich The town FC: McKenna’s verdict on 1-1 draw at Millwall

5:47 PM July 23, 2022

Ipswich The town supervisor Kieran McKenna described his group’s show on this afternoon’s 1-1 draw at Millwall as a ‘combined bag’.

Benik Afobe put the Championship hosts forward within the sixteenth minute after Luke Woolfenden used to be stuck seeking to play out from the again, with Ipswich missing a innovative all over a in large part uneventful first part.

The town upped their pace after the restart despite the fact that, equalised via Freddie Ladapo’s cool 54th minute end and had been pushing laborious for a winner within the latter phases.

“I believed it used to be a combined bag, however I am pleased with the results that we had from the sport,” mentioned McKenna, whose aspect end their pre-season arrangements with a house recreation towards Nationwide League aspect Southend United on Tuesday evening forward in their League One opener towards Bolton at Portman Street subsequent Saturday.

“I believe I’d have most probably been just a little bit unnerved if the whole lot had have long past best possible lately. We made some errors within the recreation and we did some issues in point of fact neatly within the recreation. That provides us some issues to iron out this week and over the approaching weeks.

“However I believed it used to be a in point of fact just right exercise. Enjoying towards a in point of fact robust Championship used to be a in point of fact just right take a look at. I believed we confirmed out lovely neatly throughout the entire recreation and without a doubt in the second one part I believed we had been getting in opposition to our higher ranges.”

Similar to in closing weekend’s 3-0 win at AFC Wimbledon, Ipswich upped their depth after the restart.

“It used to be very an identical,” admitted McKenna. “Glance, clearly it is very, highly regarded. It does not really feel it within the stands, but it surely used to be in point of fact scorching at the pitch. The grass is sticky and sluggish. It isn’t simple. It’s important to in point of fact pressure and to find tactics to create the depth within the recreation. 

“It used to be a little stop-start within the first part. There have been a few accidents and a beverages ruin. I simply idea we by no means in point of fact were given into our float and get the sport to the degrees of depth that we experience enjoying at.

“However proper from the primary whistle of the second one part we discovered that and once we to find that we glance a greater group.”

On Afobe’s opener, which got here after the Stoke striker dispossessed Woolfenden in a deadly space, McKenna mentioned: “Optimistically that is not going to occur once more. It did not occur closing 12 months.

“We now have progressed our build-up buildings so much over the process the time now we have been right here. However we will’t take that as a right. We want to stay running and making improvements to that.

“It isn’t continuously a mistake at the ball, continuously it is positional issues off the ball. There have been sure actions and positions we did not execute neatly. Clearly whilst you play on the upper ranges – Millwall are an excellent group and Afobe’s an excellent participant – then there may be a possibility that you’ll be able to get punished.

“We will proceed to play how we play, attempt to keep watch over and be courageous with the ball, as a result of finally it will pay off in the second one part. Ultimately you’ll be able to put on groups down and our dominance begins to turn. 

“It is a just right finding out level for us at this degree of pre-season and is a superb one to appear again at subsequent week. We will take a look at the foundations we did not slightly enforce.”

On his aspect’s progressed 2nd part show, during which Sam Morsy sourned an excellent chance and Sone Aluko smacked the bottom of the bar, the Blues boss mentioned: “We had a couple of different possibilities to win it too. Freddie’s had an excellent chance after a go from the left, Tyreece (John-Jules) had a pair, Jacko (Kayden Jackson) had one on the finish. 

“That comes from the depth that we were given the sport to and that little bit extra positivity in our play. We regarded a risk. 

“I believed the men who got here out for the second one part were given that began, we were given on best within the recreation after which the men that got here on did really well as neatly. They took that on and we regarded robust on the finish of the sport.

“Freddie’s objective used to be superb. He did not smatch at it, he simply caressed it in point of fact neatly into the nook. I believed his all spherical recreation used to be just right. He gave us a just right outlet.

“Then I believed Kayden used to be improbable when he got here directly to be truthful. As used to be Sone and Tyreece. It is nice to have the ones choices. The entire entrance unit is robust.”

With Marcus Harness making his first look for the Blues, McKenna mentioned: “I used to be more than pleased with him. Clearly it wasn’t a very simple recreation for the group within the first part to get into, however inside that he confirmed some just right touches. In the second one part, when the sport unfolded a little, he confirmed a few of his receiving between the traces, a few of his ball sporting, a few of his hyperlink play and the best way he runs off the ball. He’ll be a just right addition for us.”

At the absence of senior duo Dom Ball and Greg Leigh from the 22-man squad, McKenna defined: “It is not anything primary. Dom has were given just a little knock and shall be again coaching on Monday. Greg is just a little little bit of sickness and also will go back on Monday.”

Requested if he expected any new signings this coming week, the Blues boss mentioned: “It isn’t unattainable. I do know the membership are running ever so laborious and chatting with a couple of avid gamers. However that is not my center of attention in anyway. My 100% center of attention is at the avid gamers we have already got right here on this already robust team for the sport on Saturday.”

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