Kieran McKenna believes Ipswich Town will emerge stronger following their loss to Cardiff City.

Cardiff initiated the match impressively and had an early opportunity to lead, as Perry Ng’s scuffed close-range attempt was cleared off the line by Kieffer Moore. Ipswich, initially subdued, exhibited a more characteristic attacking style in the second half, with substitute Omari Hutchinson forcing a save from Ethan Horvath. Despite the visitors gradually gaining control, former Cardiff striker Moore unleashed a powerful left-footed finish into the far corner, seemingly securing a draw. However, in the dying moments, Ryan Wintle deflected a shot to score, and five minutes later, substitute Callum O’Dowda volleyed in from a corner, leading to jubilant celebrations for Cardiff.

Ipswich’s defeat halted their six-match winning streak, maintaining their third position in the table, one point behind second-place Leeds United. Cardiff, in tenth place, moved within four points of the playoff spots. Despite the late goals, Cardiff’s overall performance justified their victory, dominating play throughout the contest. While Ipswich aimed to extend their winning streak, Cardiff had won their previous three games, displaying a rejuvenated performance. Despite early pressure from Cardiff, Ipswich gradually asserted themselves in the second half. Moore appeared to secure victory for Ipswich, but Cardiff responded with determination, eventually securing the win through Wintle and O’Dowda’s late goals.

Cardiff manager Erol Bulut praised his team’s performance as one of the best of the season, highlighting their preparedness and belief in winning. Ipswich manager Kieran McKenna acknowledged his team’s strong second-half performance but expressed disappointment in the final moments, emphasizing the learning experience and the team’s resilience moving forward.

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