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Hutchings: Town let themselves down

28 October 2012

Caretaker-boss Chris Hutchings felt "angry and disappointed" by his Ipswich players after their limp performance led to a humbling 3-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.

Hutchings was in charge on Saturday after Paul Jewell's exit by mutual consent on Wednesday but the rock-bottom Tractor Boys' fortunes show no sign of improvement.

"I'm angry and disappointed," Hutchings said. "The players let themselves down and need to look in the mirror. They should be professional and have a desire and drive to perform.

"That's their job and they're well paid to do it. But they haven't done so for a little while and that's why we're adrift at the bottom of the table.

"It wasn't very good and there was a lot of anxiousness about. We conceded in the first minute and were on the back foot from the start."

Teenage midfielder Ross Barkley, on loan from Everton, struck early in each half and Michail Antonio steered home a third in the closing stages to lift the pressure on Wednesday manager Dave Jones, who celebrated his side's first win in 10 league matches.

Jones said a performance like that had been coming.

"Our performances have been good for five or six games," he said. "We've been dominating but the only thing we haven't been doing is putting the ball in the back of the net.

"We feel hard done by not to have more points, but today we had to stick to what we believe in. We had to believe things would turn and Ipswich felt the full force.

"We've been playing well and working the ball into the box, getting into some great positions. But the final piece of the jigsaw has been our finishing, so it was nice to score three today."

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