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28 November 2018

Failure to cut out balls into the box cost us says boss

Paul Lambert rued Town’s failure to prevent crosses coming in after watching his side lead twice before going down to Bristol City.

Freddie Sears struck twice but Blues conceded three goals in nine second-half minutes to lose out at Portman Road.     

“The goals we lost were terrible,” the Town boss told iFollow Ipswich.

“We did great to get in front and I think we deserved to be in front but we can’t defend like that and get away with it.

“We had to stop the crosses coming in. If we do that, the game becomes easier but we didn’t and then you are always going to have problems.

“You can’t rely on someone heading the ball away after your mistake. We got caught at the back post and didn’t defend that area well enough.  

“I don’t think it’s a lack of confidence because we have been playing well. We have taken the lead in three of the four games so whether the players are not used to that, I’m not sure.

“Freddie is playing exceptionally well. His energy levels and the quality he is showing are very high. He has been fantastic for us since I’ve been here.

“Cole was outstanding for us as well. He is a better player than people give him credit for. On the ball, with both feet he was terrific. It’s unfortunate for me he’s 32. I wish I had him at 27.

“He was a big plus for us. Freddie as well. There wasn’t much to give us concern but like I said, if you can’t stop crosses, you’re going to have a problem and it cost us.”

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