Clark: We were toothless

Last Updated: Sat, 01 Mar 2014 18:53

Birmingham boss Lee Clark admitted his side deserved their 1-0 defeat at Ipswich as he was left to rue Lee Novak's costly miss.

After a poor 35 minutes, the match turned on two big chances.Daryl Murphy gave Ipswich the lead after tapping home Frank Nouble's low cross.

The goal gave Ipswich a new lease of life and they deserved the three points after an impressive second-half showing.

But Birmingham should have restored parity on 63 minutes when Novak was presented with an identical chance to Murphy's opener.

Sub Chris Burke did well to beat Tommy Smith and his low centre should have brought the equaliser, only for Novak to fire over when it looked easier to score.

Clark said: "We were a little toothless. We didn't have enough quality. The defence was solid and we stood up to a big physical team in Ipswich - we did the ugly stuff well.

"But we didn't do enough when we had possession. We lacked that quality and I don't think we deserved anything from the game."

And Clark felt Novak's gilt-edged chance was typical of his side's overall performance.

He added: "Lee Novak usually puts those chances away but unfortunately he hit it over the bar.

"A chance like that, away from home when you are not creating many, has to be taken and that seemed to be a problem for us today."

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