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Stockton believes Shrimps held their own

7 August 2021

Striker Cole Stockton believes that the Shrimps looked like they belonged in Sky Bet League One following an impressive opening day draw at Portman Road.

The prolific number nine scored twice as Stephen Robinson’s side held promotion favourites Ipswich Town to a hard-fought draw.

The pick of the afternoon’s goals, Stockton’s first, saw the 27-year-old pick up possession from 25-yards out before driving forward and evading the onrushing Ipswich defenders before finding his way into the box and neatly finishing across the goalkeeper.

The Shrimps were just three minutes away from taking all three points but were cruelly denied by a 91st minute Macauley Bonne strike.

“It’s always nice, I’m made up to get off the mark with a couple of goals but it’s a big disappointment to concede last minute,” Stockton said.

“If you said before the game we’d take a draw, we would have but we turned up, we did our bit and we didn’t look out of place, we looked like we belonged in this league, so we’ll take it from there and go again.”

Despite the disappointment of dropping two points in injury time, Stockton believes it’s important to focus on the positives.

“It’s just game management from ourselves,” he added.

“Obviously it’s not nice to concede at the end but we take a point and everyone that played today was brilliant.

“It’s a statement, these [Ipswich] are aiming to win the league, you can see the amount of fans they had today, it was incredible to play in front of, they were a very good team as well and we matched them up.”  

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