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Rae Left Dejected

Posted: Sat 09 Nov 2013
Author: Mark Ridgway

Rae's views after the Ipswich defeat

After Steve Davies thought he'd salvaged Blackpool a draw, Ipswich’s last gasp winner was a bitter pill for Alex Rae to swallow.

The stand-in manager was left dejected after The Seasiders squandered a half-time lead and lost their first home game of the season.

Despite the defeat, Rae was taking the positives after a roller coaster defeat at Bloomfield Road.

“It’s two defeats in the first third of the season, but today is difficult to take because I thought we could have taken something from the game,” said Rae.

“The one thing from the boys is the fighting spirit, that is around eight games where we’ve scored a late goal, but it just wasn’t enough today.

“For the last goal they’ve got a free header eight yards out, at any level of football set pieces are vital. We’ve come unstuck having got ourselves back in the game.”

“At half time I spoke to the manager and we felt relatively comfortable, I don’t think they created many chances in the first half. From our point of view we were hoping for more of the same and I felt comfortable because we have kept a lot of clean sheets.

“They changed their shape and we tried to adapt to that, we coped relatively well with what they had to throw at us and until the first goal they didn’t cause us too much trouble.

“Their first goal is a yard offside, the linesman has missed it. They got a bit of momentum, we’re disappointed to lose a couple of goals after that because we pride ourselves on being relatively strong and resilient.

“We need to dust ourselves down and go again, but we were a bit disjointed today in terms of trying to fit people in. We have to regroup; hopefully we should have players back for the Birmingham game,” said Rae.