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14 December 2019

"I can’t fault the players’ effort but we gave ourselves a problem" says Paul

Paul Lambert said Town paid the price for conceding two early goals as Blues went down to Bristol Rovers at Portman Road.

Strikes from Tyler Smith and Tom Nichols inside the first 25 minutes put the Pirates ahead before James Norwood’s eighth goal of the season got Town back in the game before the break.

Town had chances to get back on level terms but the Blues boss pointed to that start as being critical.

“It doesn’t matter at what level you are playing at, you can’t give teams a two goal start,” Paul told iFollow Ipswich.

“The first goal was a poor one to concede from a throw and we gave away possession for the second one. That gives them something to hang on to.

“We had chances. We scored a great goal and we tried everything to get back in the game. I can’t fault the players’ effort but we gave ourselves a problem with the two goals.

“I said there will be twists and turns along the way and we do need to pick up our home form but you only have to see the other results today to see how difficult this league is.

“We have to take the criticism when it comes along. That’s fine, part of the game and there will be ups and downs along the way but the important thing is that we stick together because there is a long, long way to go yet.”

See the full interview with Paul on iFollow Ipswich.     

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