'We all take the blame as a team... we have to put things right' - Pennington on Town's situation
PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 October 2018
© Copyright Stephen Waller
Matthew Pennington knows the Ipswich Town players must take their share of the blame after the 2-0 home loss to QPR saw the Blues return to the bottom of the Championship.
A Dean Gerken own goal and a Tomer Hemed penalty, following an error by Toto Nsiala, condemned the Blues to defeat on an afternoon where they put in a limp display and failed to build on their maiden victory at Swansea prior to the international break.
Speaking after the game, manager Paul Hurst stated on a number of occasions that his players need to take their share of the blame as crucial errors continue to cost the Blues, with Pennington in agreement.
“We weren’t good enough, they were first to all the second balls and we didn’t do enough with mistakes costing us,” he said.
“If you give away goals like that it’s very hard to come back in this division, especially when teams shut up shop after they’ve scored a couple of goals.
“We should deal with (the first goal) and that left us a mountain to climb. We all take the blame as a team because nobody was good enough.
“You have to be strong and bounce back from mistakes so we have to move forward.
“We were looking to build on the win at Swansea but we weren’t able to do it so we need to put it right at Leeds on Wednesday.”
The Blues were booed off at the end of Saturday’s game, during which the home crowd showed frustrations through, with Pennington understanding the fans’ frustrations.
“It’s deflating because we wanted to make a run of things after getting the win and getting the monkey off our backs at Swansea,” he said.
“We understand the fans’ frustrations and as players we are disappointed as well, it’s a collective thing but we’re the only ones who can put it right on the pitch.
“Everyone’s gutted in the dressing room, it’s very disappointing.
“We need to get wins on the board, get some points and get things going for ourselves.”
Next up is a visit to Leeds, where Pennington will come up against the club he represented 24 times last season.
“It’s pretty much the same group of players and it will be nice to see a few friendly faces, but we’re there to do a job,” he said.
“We showed we can do it at Swansea and hopefully we can be another coupon-buster.”