"We have no divine right to win games. We have to earn the right"
Paul Lambert says that Town have to deal with the expectations of this season and the challenges they bring inside and outside the Club.
Blues have been among the favourites to win promotion since before the season kicked off but go into today’s game against Gillingham outside the top two on goal difference for the first time since August after successive league defeats.
Writing in his column in the Boxing Day matchday programme, he says: “We’ve had a good first half of the season but anyone that thought we were going to cruise through this division doesn’t know about football. It’s a really tough league and from the start we have been there to be shot down.
“That comes with being Ipswich Town in this league. The players have to deal with that and for a lot of them that has been a new challenge. We have got a lot of young players; players as well who are not used to being one of the favourites to go up.
“Those expectations weren’t there last season; they are now and the players have got to deal with that.
“We have no divine right to win games. We have to earn the right but the players have been fantastic and we’ve won a lot more than we’ve lost. We are right in the mix and we’ll be giving it our best over the next four or five months to get the job done.”
A crowd of around 22,000 is expected today so supporters are encouraged to arrive early. The matchday ticket office on Constantine Road will be open from 10am. There will be no cash turnstiles on the day.
The FanZone opens at 1pm. There will be free mince pies and mulled wine for the first 400 fans on a first come, first served basis. (18+ for the mulled wine.) Beattie's will be open as usual after the game for an hour.