Price admits error for first equaliser
LEWIS Price held his hands up and admitted responsibility for Birmingham City's first equalising goal at St Andrews on Saturday.The 22-year-old Ipswich Town goalkeeper let a David Dunn shot squirm from his grasp in the 72nd minute to let the home side back into the game in a match that ended 2-2.
By Elvin King
LEWIS Price held his hands up and admitted responsibility for Birmingham City's first equalising goal at St Andrews on Saturday.
The 22-year-old Ipswich Town goalkeeper let a David Dunn shot squirm from his grasp in the 72nd minute to let the home side back into the game in a match that ended 2-2.
“The ball kicked off the turf a bit and got hooked under my shoulder,” said Price.
“But I am not making an excuse as I should have dealt with the situation.
“The team did brilliantly and we should have won.
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“We played Birmingham off the park.
“And to play arguably three of the best teams in the Championship inside eight days and be disappointed to collect seven points is a mark of how high our expectations are.”
Price is not the only Ipswich keeper to be left wishing the ground would swallow him up at the Kop end of St Andrews.
Richard Wright kicked thin air in a League Cup semi-final, second leg to present Birmingham with one goal as the Midlands side beat Town on aggregate in 2001.
While Price was left disappointed with his display, Richard Naylor was pleased with his contribution.
Back in the side because of the gentleman's agreement that meant ex-Birmingham man Alex Bruce could not play, Naylor was strong beside Town man of the match Jason De Vos.
“My aim is to give the manager a selection headache,” said 29-year-old Naylor.
“Of course I would like to stay in the side, and with Alex suspended on Saturday I am looking forward to hopefully facing Sunderland, a team who will give us another stiff test.
“We controlled the match on Saturday and it was disappointing not to collect three points.
“But we must take that on the chin and centre on the many positives that we can take out of the game.”
Fabian Wilnis is sure his thigh problem will improve in time for him to be considered for the Sunderland game.
Gavin Williams sustained a groin problem that saw him replaced at half-time with Darren Currie coming on to impress.