We worked our socks off

Last updated : 01 October 2005 By Tony Scholes

Long Ball Joe had seen his Ipswich side win at Elland Road on Saturday with two goals from Sam Parkin and he was expecting the same again last night. He didn’t get it although felt that the game changed on a piece of good fortune for the Clarets.

“We were bossing the game before the first goal,” said the deluded LBJ, “And it was a cruel one to concede. We were well on top at that stage but the goal changed the match and after their second one went in they were cruising.”

He was impressed with the performance of one of his younger players and added, “Owen Garvan was excellent for us all night and we weaved pretty patterns all over the pitch with our passing but we never hurt them.

“We passed, they had shots and scored goals and scoring goals is what the game is all about. To be honest, Burnley could have come off and I still don’t think we would have scored.

“We had one or two with tired legs out there but overall if you offered me three points from two away games before Saturday I would have taken it.”

Steve Cotterill has been faced with bad injuries, silly goals given away and a disappointing start to the season. He could be forgiven for having a big smile on his face last night as the new look side came good.

And he looked delighted with it all as he said, “We know how good Ipswich are so it is a big, big, win for us and we deserved it. We thought they had most of the possession in the first half without really hurting us, but I thought it was a big performance tonight by a lot of our players.

“Frank Sinclair could have gone off after ten minutes when he went over on his ankle, but he played on and that typified the performance from everyone so we were delighted with it.”

Knowing that good fortune had hardly come our way all season he was quick to accept that first goal and added, “We’ve said we needed a touch of luck and if it comes via a deflection then we’ll take it because it is probably the only but of luck we have had all season.”

Speaking about the second and third goals Steve said, “We got a bit of mickey taking the other week at Preston with our free kick, but I’m certain there won’t be anyone taking the mickey out of that one. We are delighted with it because Gaz strikers a great ball and we said when he came in that he would score and he has four now so we are very pleased with him.

“As for Chris McCann, we told him to go on and shoot because he does striker a wonderful ball to, but we did not expect him to head one in so that’s great for him to get his first goal. We are very pleased with Chris, as we are with Kyle Lafferty who wasn’t involved tonight, he has also done well.”

He’d issued a rallying cry to the Turf Moor crowd before the game and was thankful for the contribution from the stands. “The crowd drove them on to that tonight,” he claimed. “There was no apprehension in the air like against Brighton and tonight they were magnificent and in turn that is what they can give the players.

“We need that every week from them, not just against a team that we are theoretically lesser than. We were delighted with them and the boys gave them everything. I asked the crows to cheer every tackle, every shot, every header and they did and when you start winning those time and time again it allows you to pass the ball. I thought we worked our socks off.”