Ipswich City Bulls Reserve Grade goal scorer Hunter Oxspring challenges a New Far United opponent in Saturday's game at Sutton Park.
Ipswich City Bulls Reserve Grade goal scorer Hunter Oxspring challenges a New Far United opponent in Saturday's game at Sutton Park. David Nielsen

Ipswich coach still positive despite painful defeats

THE Ipswich Knights players can expect a "positive'' welcome at training on Tuesday night despite their latest 5-0 loss in the Brisbane Premier League.

In going down to home side Logan on Saturday night, the Knights suffered the same fate as they did in their previous 5-0 defeat to Easts before Easter.

However, recently appointed head coach Danny Wilson said his players were good enough and smart enough to be a force in the BPL.

"I think it's a bit of a confidence thing,'' Wilson, said having taken over the role from Graham Ross in late March.

"We're starting well. We're doing the right things but the second we concede a goal we seem to go into our shell.

"I think it's more of a mental thing at the moment. We're just not playing smart football.''

That was highlighted by the Knights conceding five goals in 24 minutes after halftime on Saturday night.

"The first half was good,'' he said. "I was sort of happy. We finished really strongly but conceding a goal from a set piece was disappointing then unfortunately we just self-imploded.

"Credit to Logan. They took their chances well.

"Unfortunate for us, we couldn't quite ride out that rough period, which you have in every game.''

Wilson said the team's main focus this week would be rebuilding the team's self-belief.

"We've got to get a positive mindset, get the confidence flowing,'' the former Premier League player said preparing for the Knights' home game against Peninsula next Sunday.

"It's okay to make mistakes. You've just got to ride out that bad period and eventually it will turn and you will get back in the game.''

The Knights Reserves suffered a rare loss, going down 3-1 to Logan.

In Capital League 2, Bulls newcomer Ryan Adekoya New continued his outstanding season for the club, scoring five goals in Ipswich City's 6-1 win over New Farm United.

Adekoya New sealed his hat-trick before halftime.

"He's just a natural goal scorer,'' coach Norbert Duga said, pleased with his top four team's effort at Brassall.

"We were pretty much on top from the first five minutes.''

Western Spirit were held to a 0-0 draw by Toombul in their latest match at Kippen Park.

"It was a tough old battle,'' Spirit goalkeeper Chris Morrall said. "They (Toombul) were a very well structured side.''

State of play

BPL: Logan Lightning 5 def Ipswich Knights 0. Reserves: Logan def Ipswich Knights 3-1.

CL2: Ipswich City 6 (Ryan Adekoya New 5, Zygan Condie) def New Farm United 1; Western Spirit 0 drew Toombul 0. Reserves: Ipswich City 2 (Hunter Oxspring, Jack Ryder) def New Farm Utd 0; Western Spirit 1 (Zac Stephen) drew Toowong 1.