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6 March 2020

"For the players out on the pitch, it can be tough and Coventry will know that"

Paul Lambert acknowledges that Coventry will look to take advantage of any edginess at Portman Road on Saturday.

Town go into the game against the League One leaders six points off the Play-Offs and looking to end a run of three straight defeats.

“I understand the frustrations of the fans at the end of the Fleetwood game on Tuesday,” the Town boss writes in his column in Saturday’s matchday programme.

“Fans pay good money to come and watch us and when things are not going as well as everyone hopes for, you are going to get the criticism. I have no problem with that.

“The manager always takes responsibility when results are not happening and I can deal with that. For the players out on the pitch, it can be tough if the frustrations come through from the stands. You have to be brave on the ball and not hide. That’s what I’ll be telling the players. That’s what I say every game.

“Coventry will be aware of the situation we are in and they will look to use that to their advantage. Fleetwood did the same on Tuesday and I think Joey Barton said that after the game. That’s the way it works in football.

“We kept the ball really well in the first-half at Sunderland a few weeks back and you could sense how edgy the place was getting. We just didn’t make it count by putting our chances away and we paid the price for that. That’s something we will have to deal with against Coventry.”

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