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3 November 2020

Boss on narrow defeat to Black Cats on Wearside

Paul Lambert said two decisions cost Town taking anything from the game against Sunderland this evening.

Andre Dozzell was sent off for a challenge on Grant Leadbitter in the second half, before Mark McGuinness was adjudged to have committed a handball in the 84th minute - Leadbitter then converting from the spot as the Black Cats ran out 2-1 winners.

The Town manager said the Club are likely to appeal Andre's red card.

"In terms of the performance I thought we did really well," Paul told iFollow Ipswich.

"We kept the ball well and if any team was going to win it looked like it would be us.

"The two decisions are monumental errors. We will look at Andre's and see if we can appeal - it was never a sending off.

"Mark wasn't even looking at the ball and was about a yard away.

"Two big decisions went against us this evening. We will look at the bigger picture, though. We've played good football and we're sat second in the table."

Brett McGavin was set to be in the matchday squad for tonight's game at the Stadium of Light but missed out after waking up with a running nose and a mild cough.

Luke Woolfenden will also be absent until Blues' meeting with Shrewsbury on 21 November, at the earliest, as he is self-isolating. The Club are continuing to be cautious with illness and ensure government guidelines are followed given the current climate.

"That's the world we're living in at the moment and we can't grumble about that," Paul added.

"Brett was stripped and ready as well but left the hotel earlier today so couldn't be involved."

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