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The Reaction: Blues 1 Ipswich Town 1

Posted: Sat 31 Aug 2013

Lee Clark and Darren Randolph's reaction to the 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town.

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Lee Clark and Darren Randolph's reaction to the 1-1 draw with the Tractor Boys at St. Andrew's.

On Darren Randolph’s man-of-the-match performance…

"He’s made some good saves and he’s continued his impressive start to his time at the club. It’s the whole package with him. It’s not just the saves, it’s the coming for crosses, the distribution, etc. I think he’s shown everyone he’s a first-class acquisition."

On the frustration at the overall performance of his side…

"We’re a frustrated group today. I just said to the players at the end that all I want is for them to be true to themselves and show their real qualities as often as they can. Obviously we didn’t show that at all in the first half. We went back too many times and we were too negative. At least in the second half we had a go and the attacking players were being positive and the other lads were getting the ball to those attacking lads quicker and they were showing little glimpses of what they’re about individually."

On Burke’s goal…

"There’s no point having Chris Burke in the team when you don’t give him the ball, from the 40th-45th minute when he got the ball he put in four or five good crosses. It was no coincidence that he scored that type of goal. He works extremely hard on it and everyday he practices it."

On his decision to include Peter Lovenkrands in the starting XI…

"He’s had a mini pre-season to get fit and he’s looked sharp in training. If we are paying players and they’re on our books and they’re doing the right things we’ve got to be able to give them an opportunity. All the stats that I was getting from the fitness data was that he was looking fit and combined with Lee Novak I thought he might give us something a little bit different and maybe catch Ipswich on the hop." 

On Neal Eardley’s first-half injury…

"He’s going to need a scan but the early indications aren’t particularly good. He’s done some ligament damage, but fingers crossed it’s not the ACL. We’ll know in a few days. It’s that cursed right-back position again. While I was playing wing-backs we never had any issues."

Darren Randolph on today's result...

"I was happy because we ended up getting back into the game and getting a point and I was very happy with how I played. It was a well-earned point against a well-drilled team. Ipswich made it difficult for us, they knew their jobs and they stuck to what they are good at. We knew we could play better and if we matched and competed with them then we'd get a goal. We got a bit of luck with the deflection for our goal but, listen, we'll take that.

"We've been unlucky in our games so far when we haven't gone on to win so it was our turn for a bit of luck today."