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1 January 2019

'We should have been three up but we got caught up in the emotion of the game'

Paul Lambert rued Town not putting away the chances early on as Millwall bounced back in the second-half to win at Portman Road.

Jack Lankester opened the scoring after two minutes but the Lions struck three times after the break before Kayden Jackson gave Blues a lifeline two minutes from time.

The defeat leaves Town 10 points adrift of safety with 20 games left.  

“We should have been three up. Some of our football was outstanding in the first-half,” the Town boss told iFollow Ipswich.

“Performance wise, it was really good but when you don’t take your chances, there is always a chance they can get back in it.

“Second-half, we knew they would play long balls, be physical and I think we got caught up in the emotion of the game.

“Flynn [Downes] won the ball, it was never a free-kick that led to their second goal. The penalty, I will have to see it again.

“I thought Matty Pennington should have had a penalty in the first-half and a lot of the decisions went against us.

“Performance wise, we are playing well but we know we have to start winning games. While there is still a heart beating there, we will believe we can get out of it.”

Paul spoke to the referee, Stephen Martin, after the game to clear up why he was booked in the second-half.

“I didn’t know why he booked me at the time. I certainly didn’t say anything,” said the boss.

“He said it was because I went on the pitch. The technical area is right next to the pitch so if I did, it was a centimetre over. There were some strange decisions made throughout the game.”                  

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