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Ipswich fans captured throwing objects and pushing players as they confronted John McGreal’s men

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Shocking scenes emerged from Valley stadium as Ipswich Town supporters took it upon themselves to confront John McGreal’s men after their dismal performance against Charlton.

Ipswich had hoped to close the gap in the top six by claiming three points against the Addicks on Tuesday night. Instead, they suffered a 2-0 loss and let Charlton come within a point of them.

Blues’ 3,159 traveling supporters were frustrated with their side’s performance…especially considering they’ve only won two of their last 10 games. Therefore, they made sure that their feelings were known.

Shocking scenes have surfaced at Valley stadium as Ipswich Town supporters took it upon themselves to confront John McGreal’s men after their dire loss

John McGreal – who took over as interim manager after Paul Cook’s resignation – said he sent his players to thank fans after the game.

The supporters were unimpressed, however, as Ipswich failed to fire a single shot at goal during the match, enabling Jayden Stockley and Alex Gilbey to score for Charlton.

As a result, the fans on the other side of the stadium threw objects at the players and shouted swear words before the stewards arrived to take control.

The fans heard the following song sing: ‘You’re not fit to wear our football shirt’.

Several players tried to reason with the fans, but that only encouraged them more to jump down to confront them.

One of those involved in the incident was Toto Nsiala. He was seen trying to talk to the angry fans before being led away by Christian Walton.

Walton, acting as a peacemaker, was then pushed by a trailer, prompting police action.

Speaking about the incident after the game, McGreal said: “I don’t know what happened. I sent the boys, as I always do with the fans, because they pay their money. I sent the guys to clap the fans and that’s all I know so far.

“It’s two weeks before Christmas, they’re putting their hands in their pockets and they’re coming in by the thousands for every away game.”

McGreal admitted, however, that the players “need to be better for the fans” after their defeat to Charlton.

One of those involved in the incident was Toto Nsiala.  He was seen trying to talk to the angry fans before being led away by Christian Walton

One of those involved in the incident was Toto Nsiala. He was seen trying to talk to the angry fans before being led away by Christian Walton

Walton, acting as a peacemaker, was then pushed by a supporter, prompting police action.

Walton, acting as a peacemaker, was then pushed by a supporter, prompting police action.

He said, ‘Come Saturday, in Wigan, there will be thousands again. We have to perform better as a team, much better.

“Emotions are high when the manager leaves and some results don’t go well. We will try to rectify that for the fans.

“It’s about character now. You have to stand up straight, pull your chest out and go again. You just have to take it on your chin and move on. Let’s see what they have on Saturday.’

McGreal went on to think about the game, saying: “I thought we were 20 minutes into the game and then you just felt it go. Of course they scored the goal. To me it seemed onside to be honest but someone says it’s a bit cramped.

‘After that we lost our way a bit. We couldn’t get the first pass away, we didn’t really have the ball under control. There was a bit of fear factor.

“I thought we had it back a bit before half-time and I thought we were definitely still in the game.

“We were our own worst enemy in the second half. We’re in possession, there’s a turnover and it’s just a simple ball that she throws through. That was our Achilles heel, especially tonight.’

He continued: “Trust is clearly an issue right now. I don’t have to tell you that.

“It’s our job to pick it up. The training yesterday was buzzing, today the warm up was very good, they say all the right things, the energy levels seemed to be there… But the performance was nowhere near long enough or good enough. Charlton were deserved winners.’

McGreal admitted he would “applaud” some self-reflection among the players in the locker room.

He said, ‘I welcome that, but the proof is in the pudding. I believe that actions speak louder than words.

Interim manager John McGreal was disappointed with the scenes that took place on Tuesday

Interim manager John McGreal was disappointed with the scenes that took place on Tuesday

“Some of them have played at a higher level. We need to get those guys back to that high level now because there are some good players in there. It’s about getting that confidence and trying to instill a little faith and just give them energy.

‘I will do my best. I’m up for a few games. We’ll see how that goes. My job is to come in and give the guys new energy and get some good results. It didn’t work tonight, but we have to do it again, it’s that simple. In football you win some, you lose some.

“We’re a bit on the back burner at the moment, but you have to go again because the games are coming thick and fast.”

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