“I’m not putting them in as gifts, they have earned the right to play"
Paul Lambert hailed a bright future for Town after watching a team featuring a string of young players have the better of the 90 minutes at Bristol City.
An own goal from Lloyd Kelly midway through the second-half cancelled out Adam Webster’s first-half opener and Town had the better of the chances.
Idris El Mizouni made his debut as one of six Academy players in the 18.
“We were the best team from start to finish,” Paul told iFollow Ipswich.
“Apart from a 10 minute spell, we were on top and we played some great football.
“We had six players from our Academy out there and when you see that, the future is really exciting here.
“I’m not putting them in as gifts, they have earned the right to play and they have got to help the team win.
“I’ve seen Idris in a couple of games and watched him play and he’s a big talent. He deserved his chance.
“We had six kids out there, two at home and more coming through. In numbers terms you’ve got go back to the Warky, Burley era for that amount coming through.”