Hirst drops a ‘vital comment’ as he praises character in Town squad as Blues come from behind once again

Goalscorer George Hirst praises character of Ipswich Town squad once again to come from behind against Swansea City.

George Hirst praised the character in the Ipswich Town squad as they came from behind once again to record a 3-2 victory against Swansea City at Portman Road that saw them draw level with Sky Bet Championship leaders Leicester City.


The former Foxes striker notched his fourth goal of the season with a 53rd minute penalty for what proved to be the decisive goal after Town scored twice inside five first-half minutes, via Jack Taylor (17’) and Conor Chaplin (22’) to overturn Jay Fulton’s seventh-minute opener.

Town’s two goal lead was halved in the fith of 10 minutes of stoppage-time by Jamal Lowe’s fine solo effort but the Blues managed to hold out against the 10 men’s late rally – with Liam Cullen shown a second yellow card in the 69th minute – to return to winning ways.

“Obviously we go 1-0 down in the first five minutes and it’s backs against the wall, but for the next 40 minutes of the first half I thought we were absolutely outstanding,” said Hirst.

“I thought the intensity that we showed, the willingness to get back into the game and show what we’re good at and really assert ourselves on the game, that was ultimately what got us back in it.

“We go in at half-time 2-1 up and then it was just about right, let’s really go on and and kick on in the second half.”

It was a third straight game Kieran McKenna’s side had gone behind to an early goal, with the 24-year-old admitting it is something they need to eradicate, though he praised their mental strength to keep responding.

“Yes, it’s not ideal and it’s something we want to work on and we have been working on,” he said.


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