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23 February 2019

“We started the game really well,looked a real threat and could have had one or two goals but the red card changed the game"

Paul Lambert hailed Town at both ends of the pitch after watching his team play for more than an hour with 10 men in the draw at Wigan.

Jonas Knudsen was sent-off on 25 minutes but Will Keane’s penalty gave Blues a deserved lead and it took a 90th minute equaliser from former Town striker Joe Garner to level the scores.

“We started the game really well,looked a real threat and could have had one or two goals,” the Town boss told iFollow Ipswich.

“We worked on a new formation during the week with three at the back and it worked well but the red card changed the game.

“I had no arguments with the decision. Jonas tugged him [Leon Clarke] back and if he’s the last man, he has to go.

“It was always going to be hard with 10 men for so long but we defended brilliantly because you are going to expect Wigan to have the majority of the game.

“Flynn [Downes] had to do better to stop the cross going in for their goal but performance wise it was terrific and I can’t ask for anymore from the players.”

Will Keane had to be substituted with what looks a hamstring injury, with Paul adding: “He was excellent so it’s very disappointing to lose him. We will have to see how bad it is.”  

The boss watched the game from the directors’ box in the first of his two game touchline ban and said: “It was horrible watching from there. I had a radio and the lads in the technical area took care of things but you can’t beat being on the touchline.”

See the full interview with Paul on iFollow Ipswich.

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