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4 October 2019

Top of the table clash at Highbury but for the Town boss, it's the marathon that counts

Paul Lambert says his players have to earn the right to win football matches and doesn’t get caught up with the expectation that goes with being top of the table.

Blues will make a first visit to Fleetwood on Saturday defending an unbeaten record in League One and sitting two points clear in pole position, while Joey Barton's side are third after their own bright opening.

The Blue Army will fill the away end again with Town’s start to the campaign seeing the Club now instilled as promotion favourites.

“As a player I can remember games where fans just expected us to roll over teams. It was never that easy then and it’s not now,” the Town boss, who is also making his first trip to Fleetwood's Highbury ground, told iFollow Ipswich.

“Teams don’t just let you do what you want. We saw that last week against Tranmere. You have to persevere and then one bit of quality gets you in.

“I don’t get caught up in all that ‘you are expected to win’ stuff. You have to earn the right to win football matches.

“We will have a lot of obstacles in front of us this season. Away from home it will be the same. Teams will raise their game; the atmosphere will build because of the numbers we will be taking.

“I’d rather have that extra pressure of expectation than not have it but you don’t get anything for free in football. What you do find is that over the marathon, the big players and best teams tend to win things.”

Don’t miss a kick from Fleetwood with live commentary and after match reaction on iFollow.

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