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Reaction: Blues 2 Ipswich Town 2

We look at it as two points dropped today, especially after the way that we responded and the chances that we had in that second-half.

Garry Monk

Garry Monk reflects on today's comeback draw at home to Ipswich Town. 

Garry Monk on an afternoon of mixed emotions….

We showed fantastic spirit and belief to come back from 2-0 down at half-time. To get that response was crucial and it’s not easy to do. To get those goals back, and have other opportunities to win it, I’m very happy with that character. But, the two goals we gave away in the first-half were poor from our point of view – one from a counter-attack, which was disappointing, and the other when we lost a man inside the box, which is an area that we have been really strong at. It was very odd to see those two mistakes and they led to two goals. We can’t afford to do that. You can’t afford to waste 45 minutes like we did, we weren’t competing to the level that we know we can and what we should be doing. But it was a fantastic response. It’s not easy to come back from two goals down in any game, especially in the Championship. So, I have to give the players credit for that.

Garry Monk on what he said to the players at half-time…

“We had a few words; the main point was the competitiveness. It’s not often that I’ve had to sit here and say that we didn’t compete to the levels that we expect. We spoke about that and then you’re looking for a response. I know their character but it’s important to see it. That’s the first time we’ve faced a two-goal deficit, which feels like a bit of a mountain to climb with only 45 minutes left. That side of it is a real positive.

Garry Monk on two-goal hero Lukas Jutkiewicz…

“He’s deserved those goals today; the work he does for the team is phenomenal. He’s been fantastic all season. He’s very experienced, he knows his strengths and we know his strengths, and we try and use him in that way. I’m very pleased for him and his response, but he knows as well as me that it’s a collective. The first 45 minutes, for the levels we’ve reached already, we weren’t happy with. But we put it right in the second-half and we were very unfortunate not to have won that game with the amount of chances that we had. And to try and condense that into 45 minutes is not easy either, and we managed to do that.

Garry Monk on his team extending their unbeaten run to six games…

“It’s six games unbeaten, if you flip it on its head. We want to turn those draws into wins. We look at it as two points dropped today, especially after the way that we responded and the chances that we had in that second-half.

Garry Monk on the impressive cameo performance off the bench from Connor Mahoney …

“There are a lot of boys that haven’t had as many minutes as some of the others, and I’ve had to make some tough decisions. It’s a smallish squad but there’s quality and competition for places is high. Some of the guys, like Connor, have been unlucky not to get as many minutes, but the team has been doing well and they understand that. When you make substitutions, you want them to come on and make an impact. That’s how you force your way into teams. I’m delighted with the performances of the substitutes today, Kief (Maikel Kieftenbeld) as well. 

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