"You can see what it meant to the fans as well to see him out there"
Paul Lambert paid tribute to Freddie Sears after the striker returned to action after 10 months out with injury.
The striker played the closing stages of the goalless draw with Gillingham, with the point taking Blues back into the automatic promotion places.
“It was fantastic to see Freddie back out there,” the Town boss told I Follow Ipswich.
“He has worked really hard to get where he is after what was a horrific injury and you can see what it meant to the fans as well to see him out there.
“It’s fantastic for him to be back and fantastic for the Club as well.”
Paul praised the players for the second-half display against the Gills while accepting that Town were short of the levels he wants to play at.
“We are second in the league but there is a bit of edginess that comes with being at this club in this league. The players have to deal with that,” he said.
“We are short of where we want to be at the moment but what really pleased me was that I asked the players to be brave in the second-half and get on the ball and play. To a man they did that and I’m proud of them for that.
“Yes, we are missing that cutting edge at the moment; that return to goals. That is a concern and we have to put it right. Defensively we were better but we are second in the table.
“We need the crowd to stay with us because we’re right in there and we will be come the end of the season as well.”
See the full interview with Paul on iFollow.