Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst pulled no punches after his team lost 2-0 at Braintree Town in their opening domestic game of pre-season.
Aaryan Tajbakhsh produced two fine finishes in either half for the newly-promoted National League side and the damage could have been greater. Several senior Town men may have been absent through injury or international reasons, but this was still an experienced team that played the opening hour.
New boss Hurst told the East Anglian Daily times:
“We got through it without any injuries and that’s near enough the only positive,” said Hurst. “After that it wasn’t what I was looking for. Admittedly it was a very warm day and a difficult surface, but Braintree coped with those two things a lot better than we did.
“It took probably until half-time to come for us to get into the players a little bit. I think the start of the second half, and I’m not saying it was fantastic, we were certainly better. Then we make the (nine) substitutions and naturally the game changes with a lot of the younger players out there.
“First half we were looking for a lot, lot better than what we saw.
“We are lacking some bodies and some players who I think we all would agree could contribute, whether that’s starting or, at worst, coming off the bench. That’s not any excuse for today.
“We should be able to come here and put on a better performance and win the game, realistically.
“Credit to Braintree, I thought they did very well and certainly deserved the win.”
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