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2 February 2019

The boss looks ahead to today's game

Welcome back to Portman Road for today’s game against Sheffield Wednesday.

We go into the match on the back of another really good performance at Aston Villa last weekend without the players getting the rewards they deserved.

Football wise, we were very good and their crowd got really edgy. That is always an indication of how the game is going.

Two bad decisions cost us though. Their penalty was never a penalty. Our one, when Collin went around the ‘keeper, the ball hit the defender’s hand on the line. It was a stonewaller and I’m still not sure why it wasn’t given.

It was a fantastic goal from Freddie. Then Trevoh hit the post. We dominated the ball and should have taken something from the game so there was a lot of frustration in the dressing-room after the game.

That’s gone now though. We can’t do anything about it. It can get to you when you are playing well and not winning games but that’s football. What is right is that we are playing well enough to win football matches.   

Marcus has been in the dressing-room before games recently to wish the boys luck and I think we all appreciate that.

We had a conversation a few weeks back about the future. He made it clear that he wanted me and my staff here whatever happens and I made it clear we all want to be here.

It was an easy conversation to have. I’m fully committed to the job here and I want to see it through.

The relationship between manager and owner is vital at any club and we enjoy a really good relationship. We talk a lot, he is coming into the Club much more than perhaps before. We need him here.

He has given me great support, not just financially in bringing the players in we have done. I mean generally. I have nothing but praise for the backing he has given me. 

There are a lot of good people here and the support we’ve had from everyone since we came in has been fantastic. There is some rebuilding to be done in the summer for sure, not just at first-team level but there is a lot to build on.

I’m not a fan of the transfer window, especially the January one. I don’t like the way it operates, with a frenzy of activity as the deadline gets closer and all that uncertainty that it involves.

We managed to get a lot of players in early, which was great, but it also ended up being a busy deadline day.

We have added James Bree to the squad. He has joined us on loan from Aston Villa until the end of the season.

He did really well at Barnsley before getting his move to Villa. It took a while for him to settle in there - that’s the way it often is for young players when they get a big move like that.

He has broken into their first-team this season and done well and we are delighted to have him with us until the summer. He knows the division well and he will add to the competition at the back for us.

Shane McLoughlin has left us for AFC Wimbledon and the chance to play first-team football. He had two or three lads in front of him here and I don’t want to hold anyone’s career up. He’s 21 now and needs to be playing games week in, week out. If that is not going to be here, it needs to be somewhere else.

Injury-wise we are not too bad. Emyr has had a little setback and won’t be involved today but he can have a part to play for us over the rest of the season.

Finally, I’d like to welcome Steve Bruce, his staff and the Sheffield Wednesday players to Portman Road this afternoon. 

Paul Lambert.

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