“It’s a very disappointing result, especially in how we conceded the goals,” Joey van den Berg reflected on a 2-0 reverse in Ipswich. It looks like we’re our own biggest opponents and that’s very frustrating!”
“If you concede quick goals like that, it’s so hard to play. We could play until next Christmas and if we keep conceding goals like that, we’ll never win a game.
“It means you have to score two, three or four… that’s not how you want to play. Especially in the last few games, we’ve kept clean sheets and that makes everything so much easier.
“It’s like the beginning of the season when we kept conceding stupid moments, especially from set-pieces. We need to get the solution quickly because it’s killing us at the moment.”
But, with the Christmas period coming up and plenty of points at stake, Van den Berg knows it’s important to stay optimistic about our chances in the second half of the season.
“The positive about this league is that you don’t have a lot of time to think about bad results. Games follow up quickly – that’s the good thing about it. You can improve yourself, improve the team, and altogether we can do better.
“We all want to do that – nobody does it on purpose. We keep going and keep fighting; you can’t let your head down and think it’s going to happen every game. We have to keep our heads up and look forward to the next game.
“If you keep winning, you can stay towards the top ten – and then you give yourself a chance to get into the top six. And if you lose the games, then it’s going to be harder. You find yourself in the middle of nowhere and that’s not where you want to be. Everybody in the team wants to be up there, and that’s another thing that’s disappointing about today.
“But we can’t cry too long about it! We have to keep going and keep our heads up.”