STANLEY boss John Coleman insists his side’s 2-1 defeat against Ipswich Town “could have gone either way”.

The Reds took the lead after 15 minutes when Ethan Hamilton found the bottom corner with a clinical strike from the edge of the box.

But the hosts hit back through goals from Wes Burns and Conor Chaplin either side of half-time to secure the three points.

Coleman was pleased with his side’s performance at Portman Road but was left ruing misses chances.

“I thought it was a good game and could have gone either way,” said the Stanley chief.

“I think the turning point was that 30 seconds where we hit the underside of the bar and looked all the world we were going 2-0 up and 30 seconds later the ball’s in our net.

“A good part of the game we were on top particularly in the first half, Ipswich came on stronger the second half.

“We came to try and win the game and I would have been disappointed with a draw to be honest having took the lead and having chances to go further in front.

“We’re competing in this league and that game could have gone either way and if we keep playing like that, we will win more than we don’t.”

Coleman’s men are back in action on Saturday, January 29 when they welcome Morecambe to the Wham Stadium (KO 3pm).