By Chris Harris

Cesc Fabregas admits that Arsenal were undone by a "rugby kick" in the Carling Cup Semi-Final.

The only goal of the first leg at Portman Road arrived in the 78th minute when Ipswich striker Tamas Priskin chased a long ball over the top and beat Wojciech Szczesny with a low finish.

The Championship side's direct approach provided a stark contrast to Arsenal's passing style but, as Fabregas conceded after the game, it was enough to condemn Arsène Wenger's side to a surprise defeat.

"I don't know it if it is long ball or it is a rugby kick, but it worked for them," he said. "In England, a lot of teams play like that and it works for them, they create chances like that and it is their football. We just have to put the ball on the floor and try to play football, that is what we do.

"I can only remember two opportunities for them, but it was from a long, long ball because playing football they could not really get behind us or attacking. It is a bit disappointing because I think we were the much better team.

"But it was one of those nights and now we have to make [up for] it at the Emirates in two weeks."

Arsenal have been susceptible to long balls over the top in the past but not so much this season. Fabregas insists they will work on that area of their game.

"We try to improve, of course, we look at videos and try to improve everything we can," he said. "Sometimes it just happens. Every situation is different in a game. I think we were good enough but just did not put the ball in the back of the net.

"But credit to them [Ipswich], they played their game, it worked for them, so now we just have to be focused on the Premier League and the FA Cup, then we will have time to think about the Carling Cup."

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13 Jan 2011