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26 October 2019

"They will be a handful for any team in this league"

Paul Lambert saluted the role of his strike duo as Town ran out winners at Roots Hall.

A brace from James Norwood and a close range finish from Kayden Jackson took their goal tally to 14 for the season between them as Blues bounced back to the top of the league with a 3-1 win at Southend, who were under the charge of Sol Campbell for the first time.

“With a new manager in for his first game and the local rivalry, that added to the challenge but the players dealt with it really well,” the Town boss told iFollow Ipswich.

“We definitely deserved to win. The early goal helped and it was a terrific goal as well. The front two were a handful all game. The running; the way they linked up well. The way we play helps them but they will be a handful for any team in this league.

“Kayden might have needed a year to settle in. That’s normal but he’s as sharp as anything this season. He runs in behind defences and causes problems. His finishing has been excellent as well.”

Will Norris came in for his first league start, with Paul adding: “It was a hard call. Tomas [Holy] has been fantastic.

“It wasn’t because of his performances. I needed to give Will a game under pressure but I knew he wouldn’t let us down because he’s a top ‘keeper.”

The Town boss confirmed that Cole Skuse and Kane Vincent-Young were both forced off with groin injuries.

See iFollow Ipswich for the full interview with Paul.

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