Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna insists he and his side aren't 'obsessing' over the recent trend of conceding early goals.

Saturday's 2-0 defeat West Brom marked the sixth straight game in which the Blues have fallen behind inside 15 minutes.

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Darnell Furlong's fifth minute strike for the Baggies came after Town have also conceded early against Plymouth (seven minutes), Fulham (nine minutes), Birmingham (13 minutes), Rotherham (four minutes) and Swansea City (seven minutes).

Ipswich Star: Town players react after going behind early in the defeat at West BromTown players react after going behind early in the defeat at West Brom (Image: Ross Halls)
Of the trend, McKenna said: "Of course it's something we analysed and spoke about with the group over the break.

"For me it's more about how we defended the set play. You're away from home. No matter how you start a game like this they're probably going to get a set play in first 10 minutes and you have to defend it better than what we did. 

"Whether that corner had come in the first minute, fifth minute or 25th minute we had to defend it better than that. On the flip side, from our first corner, we created a pretty good chance for Jack (Taylor) that we didn't take.

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"We're aware of it, but we're not obsessing over it. I've been here for two years and this hasn't been an issue for us until quite recently.

"I actually thought we started with a good energy tonight, I liked the feel of us in the first couple of minutes, but the first corner we had to defend we didn't defend. We'll reflect on that."

Ipswich Star: Town lost for just the second time all season at West BromTown lost for just the second time all season at West Brom (Image: Warren Page)
And the Town boss said that, rather than the early goals, it's defending set plays better that his side need to focus on going forward.

"We've been strong on set plays this season," he explained. I don't think we'd conceded one, possibly, up until Rotherham.

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"Now we've conceded a set play against Rotherham, an early set play against Swansea and an early set play tonight.

"It's not like we're being battered at the start of games with chances, we've just got to defend set play moments better."