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Fan power deserved more

Posted: Sat 27 Apr 2013
Author: Andy Walker
Lee Clark

Lee Clark

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Blues boss Lee Clark admitted that his side let down the marvellous travelling support at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town’s Cobbold Stand was packed out as 1,997 Bluenoses, many in fancy dress, made the trip to Suffolk.

It was the second biggest away following at Portman Road all season and that didn’t go unnoticed by Clark and his players.

“The away end was full and we’ve let them down,” said Clark, immediately after his side’s 3-1 defeat. “There probably hasn’t been an away following here (Portman Road) this season like ours.

“They’re fantastic fans. They’ve been like that all season – home and away - they’ve been superb. That’s why we’ve let them down and I told the players that.”

Turning to the game which saw Blues fall two goals behind inside 17 minutes, Clark continued: “We were useless in the first-half and that hasn’t been us for many, many months. The first-half performance isn’t something me or the players want to put our name to.

“The second-half was better and we’ve had some decent chances but the first-half gave us too much to do.

“The goals we conceded were absolutely rubbish. For the second, when someone gets a free header four or five yards from goal it’s not good enough

“And with the first, I’m not taking anything away from Carlos Edwards because the strike was fantastic but how we gave away the ball so cheaply was not good enough and how we stop it is doing things right.

“We contributed to our own downfall.”

Nathan Redmond was pushed up front to partner Nikola Zigic for the last 30 minutes of the match and the Brummie teenager plugged away to attempt to claw Blues back into a game that looked lost early on.

Redmond’s efforts attracted praise from Clark, who added: “He’s a superb player who could play at the very highest level. He’s a local lad and he’s enjoying his football.

“Nathan could have had a hat-trick in the second-half. He was very positive. When I moved him up through the middle when we switched to 4-4-2, he did really well. But he’s been playing like that the last three or four months along with the other younger lads.”