“Maybe the reality of relegation has set in and affected some of them"
Paul Lambert said the performance was unacceptable against Preston but doesn’t want his side judged on it alone.
North End were better from first minute to last as two goals each from Callum Robinson and Lukas Nmecha inflicted Town’s heaviest defeat in a year.
“We never turned up. We didn’t do the basics and they were better all over the pitch,” the Town boss told iFollow Ipswich.
“That performance wasn’t acceptable. The players know that. I don’t need to tell them. We’ve had fans travel a long way and they deserve better than that.
“Maybe the reality of relegation has set in and affected some of them. Up until the end we were chasing everything because we were still in the fight so there might have been a reaction to last week.
“We can’t let the season just go though. We have to work until the end. We didn’t work anywhere near hard enough today.
“It wasn’t good enough from the first minute. It was the most disappointing performance since I’ve been here but what I would say is that don’t judge the team just on that 90 minutes.
“I know it’s easy to do that but every game, we have been right in the fight. That wasn’t the case today.”
See the full interview on iFollow Ipswich.