Defender's goal challenge to forwards

DEFENDER David Wright has called on the Ipswich Town forwards to put away more chances.

Derek Davis

DEFENDER David Wright has called on the Ipswich Town forwards to put away more chances.

The Blues slumped to a single goal defeat at Doncaster, but Wright feels Town had enough opportunities to win the game themselves.

Wright refused to blame the furore over David Norris' goal celebration against Blackpool, the tea-time kick off or losing injured skipper Gareth McAuley before the game, for the loss at the bottom club. Instead he blamed poor finishing.

He said: “The David Norris thing did not disrupt us and hopefully now we can put that to bed and look forward to Saturday.

“The kick-off time was the same for both sides. There was a bit more waiting around but it was no big deal.

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“We have had a settled back four, but Alex Bruce came in and did very well so no excuses there.

“No excuses at all in fact. If we improve our quality in the final third we will be fine.

“Goals win games so if we had that tiny bit more quality and composure then we will win more than we lose.”

Rovers scored through on-loan West Brom defender Shelton Martis, and Wright admitted the defence should have dealt with it better.

He said: “They have reacted quickest and scored. To concede from a set piece again is very disappointing. We are a big group of lads and we should be able to cope with that.

“We had enough chances at the other end to put that right but our quality in the final third let us down.

“It would be more of a concern of we didn't create chances but we did and so the goals will come.”

While it was Rovers first win in 13 games it was only Town's second defeat in the same amount of matches.

Wright added: “We have been in good form recently with a six game unbeaten streak, so we came to Doncaster full of confidence but it just didn't quite happen for us.”

Although Town were outplayed for large parts of the game by a Rovers side that had only won twice previously, Wright insists they did not take Rovers lightly.

He said: “We knew Doncaster would pop the ball around so they did not surprise us. We knew they would be in our face and we know that is how teams will be against us.

“They know if they give us time and space then our quality will win the game.”

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