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28 November 2018

Welcome back to Portman Road for tonight's game against Bristol City.

I want to start by saying a big thank you to the supporters for the atmosphere they created against West Brom on Friday.

I asked the fans to come and make some noise and get right behind the team and boy did they do that. It was fantastic and that's what we need every week.

We need to create an environment where people want to come and enjoy the football, and enjoy the whole experience around a matchday.

We also need to build that next generation of fans - that's vital for the Football Club.

Performances like the team put in last week against West Brom can only help.

They're a good side, with Premier League players, but they wanted the final whistle at the end.

I think we were tentative in the first half, and maybe gave them too much respect. That said, though, Bart (Bialkowski) didn't have too many saves to make.

But we stepped up the tempo in the second half and again there were positives to take from the game.


Lambert on Bishop

28 November 2018

One positive in particular was the return of Teddy Bishop. He's a talented footballer and he has the chance now to stay fit and play games.

Ellis (Harrison) played a half for the U23s on Monday and that's also encouraging. We need all our players fit and competing for a place in the team and he will add to our options up top.

We will need some help in the January transfer window, certainly up front. It's important that we look to get one or two players in to strengthen things up. That's easier said than done, though.

You can identify targets okay but it's a completely different ball game getting them through the door. 

We will also look to bring back some of the younger lads who are out on loan. Not all of them, but some for sure.


Paul Lambert on Town progress

27 November 2018

For now, though, we're making progress. We know we need results on the pitch but if the performances are there then the points will come. It's small steps but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Finally I'd like to welcome Lee Johnson and his Bristol City team to Portman Road tonight.

Paul Lambert.

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