Sam: We need to hold on

IPSWICH Town's leading scorer Sam Parkin said today: “We have got to learn to take chances and close games down.”The five-goal striker, who has scored all his goals away from Portman Road, confirmed how disappointed he felt at Town's failure to collect three Championship points at Coventry on Saturday.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town's leading scorer Sam Parkin said today: “We have got to learn to take chances and close games down.”

The five-goal striker, who has scored all his goals away from Portman Road, confirmed how disappointed he felt at Town's failure to collect three Championship points at Coventry on Saturday.

After the 1-1 draw at the well-appointed Ricoh Arena, Parkin said: “This was our second frustrating draw against Coventry this season.

“We only gained two points against them when in reality we could, and should, have collected six.

“We let a two goal lead slip at home against them, and had enough of the play to have won this one.

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“We passed the ball well and used the full width of the pitch, but I was left bitterly disappointed.

“We have got to learn to take chances and to close matches down.”

Parkin, who will be seeking his first Portman Road goal when second-in-the-table Reading are in town tomorrow, had praise for debut-making Gavin Williams who scored the Ipswich goal.

Parkin said: “Gavin played really well and capped his display with a very well taken goal. He got better as the game went on.

“I was screaming for the ball when Matt Richards had possession. He obviously did not think that I was the best option, and as it turned out I was pleased he crossed to Gavin.

“Reading will be a different kind of challenge. Reading are flying but our home form has improved and we will go into the match in confident mood.”

Darren Currie was a victim of manager Joe Royle's current abundance of riches in midfield, being left out of the starting line-up for the second away game running.

The 30-year-old said: “The manager makes his decisions based on the opposition, and I was obviously disappointed to be omitted.

“On this occasion the plan did not include myself nor Matt Richards, and I can understand the situation.

“I will not let it get me down and still have the same aims whether starting or coming on as substitute, and that is always to contribute.

“We were all left disappointed not to have won after dominating play for much of the time, and I consider it two points lost rather than one gained.

“Gavin Williams did well to control his shot that led to our goal.”

Ipswich had no extra injury problems, with Kevin Horlock returning from suspension for the Reading game. Jay McEveley picked up a caution and is now on four yellow cards - one away from a one-match ban.

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