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Cooper: “It’s a relief and a massive result going forward”

Defender reflects on continuing winning form into 2019 at Ipswich Town

2 January 2019

Jake Cooper has described claiming Millwall’s first away scalp of the season at Ipswich Town as “a relief and a massive result”, as The Lions made it three straight wins in the Sky Bet Championship.

Cooper headed his fifth goal of the season in the second half to give the visitors the lead at Portman Road, with Neil Harris’ side rising to 19th in the table after a successful festive schedule.

“First of all, it’s a great win, and it’s massive to get three points on the road for the first time this season,”

“It’s a relief and a massive result for us going forward. It’s tough to go to any ground in this League, and you can see it’s not easy to come to Ipswich even when they are bottom of the table.

“They had won and drawn recent games at home, so to go and pick up the win is massive.”

The imposing centre-half acknowledges work had to be done after the break to redeem the first-half deficit, and praises the impact off the bench of captain Steve Morison.

“I think we were all disappointed with our first-half performance, and we knew we had to change something.

“Bringing on fresh legs in Moro was key to that, and his performance was magnificent.

“It was just about pulling ourselves back together and getting something positive. We’re lucky we got the penalty early on in the half and that went on to push us on.”

Having picked up nine points from a possible nine, The Lions have moved up three places in the League in the space of six days.

“The key [to a successful Christmas period] has been turning our good performances into victories,” says Cooper.

“We’ve defended better in our home games of late, and here at Ipswich we scored at crucial times to change the game.

“We need to take all the positives from these games moving forward, learn from the mistakes and the goals we conceded, and hopefully that can stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.”

Next up for Harris’ men is the Emirates FA Cup Third Round contest with an in-form Hull City outfit – a game Cooper is confident going into.

“It should be a good game against a Hull side on a great run. We’ll see what sort of teams will be put out, it’s a chance for the lads to test themselves and we’ll go into it with everything we’ve got to try and reach the next round.”

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