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PAUL LAMBERT'S PROGRAMME NOTES

23 November 2018

Welcome back to Portman Road for tonight's game against West Brom.

I've heard there is going to be a big crowd in for the game and that is great to hear because there is no doubt that we need that support. 

It's vital for us.

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I met up with some of the supporters at the training ground this week, the lads that play the drums and a few from a fans group. It's important to engage with the supporters because we're all in this together.

The fans I spoke to are from the North Stand and that's the area of the stadium that I understand can be really vocal and that's what we want. We need that noise, that constant support - all around the stadium. 

Supporters pay good money to come and watch us. Hard earned money and I want them to come to an environment where they can have a really good time. 

I know we have a big part to play in that as well, with what goes on the pitch. We can generate the atmosphere but so can the supporters as well. We need Portman Road rocking. 

I can't forecast the results but I can assure supporters we will play on the front foot, play with energy and give everything for this Club. If we can do that on the pitch, and the supporters are generating that same energy in the stands, that is a powerful weapon to win football matches. 

When I first walked through the gates here, I could tell the Club was low. That happens in football so the first job was to pick up morale. We've done that and the players have been fantastic since day one. 

If we play like we did at the Madejski Stadium before the international break, we will win football matches this season and we will be fine. 

The first 45 minutes was one of the best team performances I have seen as a manager in a long time and that is praise indeed. 

We were outstanding. We played at a high level and should have won the game in the first-half. For an away team to play like that was fantastic. 

As well as getting the thoughts of the supporters recently, I also invited John Wark, Terry Butcher and George Burley down to watch training and have a chat over lunch.

When you have players like that, iconic players for the Club who have done so much for Ipswich Town, it's important that they are not on the outside.

Sometimes the older generation can get lost as the game moves on so it was important not just to meet them but to welcome them to the Club. 

They were fantastic players and part of a fantastic team. 

We are never going to repeat what that team achieved but we have to look to make our own history. That's the challenge for us.

Finally, I'd like to welcome Darren Moore and his West Brom team to Portman Road tonight.

Paul Lambert.


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