Reds Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom spoke to the press after seeing his Reds side slip to a 4-2 defeat away at Championship rivals Ipswich Town.
Hecky wants to see his side just concentrate on getting three points quickly after today's defeat and says they have lessons to learn. Second half goals from Conor Hourihane and Marley Watkins were not enough as the home-side started the season with a win.
Heckingbottom said, “The message in there is that we haven’t gone up a league to be pretty and get beat. We’re really disappointed that we’ve conceded four, the manner of the goals are ones we can do something about. We’d rather come here away from home, play a bit uglier but win the game. It’s all about the three points.”
At half-time the match was 0-0, but a couple of changes from the home-side during the interval contributed towards the second half having six goals.
Heckingbottom explained, “They changed their shape but they didn’t really hurt us from open play, it was more the bits on the edge of the box. Two goals from throw-ins, one from the edge of the box and a corner. They are all things we shouldn’t switch off at and we’re all frustrated. We’ve gone up a league and if you give teams opportunities they’re going to punish us and that’s what’s happened today.”
After the Reds first match back in the Championship following promotion last season, Heckingbottom wants his side to learn lessons from today’s game quickly.
“There are loads of positives to take from it” He stated. “But, again I said to the players they are there for another day because we have to learn our lessons from these games. We’re not going to pat each other on the back when we get beat, we’ll pat each other on the back later when we see improvements and start getting results from good performances.”
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