Phil Brown praised his side’s resilience, once again, after they snatched a late draw at the County Ground against MK Dons.
Elijah Adebayo, a second-half substitute, rifled home in stoppage time after Joe Walsh had opened the scoring for the visitors.
Brown was, as always, honest about his team’s performance.
“I’ve got mixed emotions this time around. Not so much the euphoria of winning 3-2 this time – we knew we were going into this game knowing our 100% record at the County Ground would be tested.
“To fall for the same old sucker punch, that’s the one for me. I emphasised since I’ve come into this club that you have to get the first touch on a set-piece and as a manager, you can sit and be frustrated but what can you do? We’ve identified that we have a problem and that’s the reason that I’ve been chasing a centre-back.
“I looked at my text messages that I’ve had over this summer – considering we signed him at 16:52 yesterday, seven minutes before the window closed, I looked at my first conversation with Ipswich, with Mick McCarthy, and I asked him about Luke on June 19th."
And despite his disappointment that his side conceded early in the game for the third Saturday running, Brown was pleased with the resilience that has seen his team earn eight points from losing positions so far this season.
“The difference between the two sides for 90 minutes was one set-piece – but then the resilience, and this is something I’ve praised every time we’ve played here – the resilience and the spirit that the players have showed to get something from the game was there in abundance.
“The message to the players at half-time was stay in the game and that’s what we did. First half, I thought we were the better team; second half, it could’ve gone 2-0 but it didn’t and then the subs play their part.”