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Ipswich Town 0 v 1 Sheffield Wednesday
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Saturday, 2nd February 2019 Kick-off 15:00
Lambert: A Really Poor Goal to Lose
Saturday, 2nd Feb 2019 18:11

Boss Paul Lambert felt Sheffield Wednesday’s final-minute winner, netted by sub Lucas Joao, was a “really poor goal to lose” as the Blues were defeated 1-0 at Portman Road by the Owls, who recorded their first double over Town since 2006/07.

“Sheffield Wednesday were better than us in the first half, they should have been a couple of goals up and we rode the storm,” Lambert admitted.

“In the second half we regrouped and the second half we got more of a foothold in it. But the goal’s poor, it’s a really poor goal to lose, especially at that time of the game.

“The second half was a lot better, in the first half we waited for things to happen rather than making things happen.

“Sheffield Wednesday were better, they missed chances in the first half, we hung in and regrouped and the second half was a lot better, but the goal was really disappointing.”

The Town players, including stand-in skipper Cole Skuse, as well as the home crowd felt Will Keane was fouled in the build-up to the goal, a view with which Lambert agreed.

“I thought there was [a foul],” he said. “It was a strong challenge and in the modern game you blow on somebody now and it’s a foul.

“Looking at it, I think it’s a foul, that’s my view on it. The referee [Oliver Langford] was in a good position to see it and he called it the way he saw it. But we still shouldn’t have lost the goal.

“Myles Kenlock should have done better with it, that’s the reality of it, he should have done better with it.

“He’s a young lad, he’s learning his trade, he’s 22, he’ll learn from it but he probably should have done better with it.”

Was he frustrated that his side didn’t create many chances? “I thought the second half was a lot better than we were in the first half. We’ve played better but not got anything from it, but that goal at the death was a blow.”

The Blues were without both first-choice centre-halves, skipper Luke Chambers and James Collins, who has a hamstring problem, due to injury.

“Luke hurt his foot against Villa last week,” Lambert added. “We tried it yesterday to see whether he was going to be any good. The two of them started training and the two of them had to pull out.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever encountered losing two centre-halves in one day, so that was a blow.

“The two of them felt [their injuries] after the Villa game, so we gave them all the time we possibly could, we tried it yesterday and they couldn’t [get through training].”

Lambert is hopeful both could be back for the East Anglian derby against Norwich in eight days’ time.

“I don’t know [how long they’ll be out for], I’m hopeful they’ll be back for next week, hopefully all things going OK, hopefully they’ll be OK.

“[Losing their experience is a blow], that’s the way it is. You can’t make excuses for it. If you’re in there you’ve got to grow up quickly as a player.

“They’re not 17 or 18 years old. They may be inexperienced in terms of games but they’re getting to an age where they have to go and it’s important that they learn from mistakes.”

Given that lack of experience at the back, could wantaway full-back Jonas Knudsen come back into his thoughts? “It depends on how lads are. Like I tell you every week, Jonas made the view [clear] that he had the eye on something else.

“Nothing materialised but it was difficult for us to say, ‘OK, if you’re not going to be here, how can we use you?’ because he wanted to maybe go somewhere else that never happened.

“You tend to think you’re a better player than you actually are. Maybe he’ll start to realise what it is.”

Is he planning to have a clear-the-air chat with the Danish international about his situation? “I’ve spoken to him all the time, it’s not as if I’ve not kept him updated, and vice versa, his stance was the same - they had to wait to see if somebody came in for him.

“I think Jonas thought somebody was going to come in for him, but sometimes… it’s your career, you know, you have to judge it by yourself.”

Lambert confirmed that as reported on Thursday the Blues blocked an attempt to have Matthew Pennington’s loan from Everton cut short with Derby keen to recruit the 24-year-old on loan with a view to a permanent switch in the summer.

“That’s exactly what happened,” he added. “You’d need your head read to let him go. But that’s a problem when you have loans again, that’s a big problem when you have loans. You need lads that are your own team.

“With six loans it’s difficult, but if I’d have let him go and we’d lost two centre-halves we had only Toto left, and Corrie Ndaba maybe. As I say to you every week, you’ve got to have your own team.”

Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce, who was in his first game in charge having been away for a month since his appointment, was worried his team might pay for their earlier profligacy in front of goal.

“When you miss so many chances, how many times have we seen it where you think, ‘Is it going to be one of those days?’,” he said.

“But in the end, I think we must have had five or six wonderful opportunities and didn’t take them, which always puts you under a little bit of pressure.

“However, I thought we were comfortable in the game. My goalkeeper in the end made a save from a header [from Trevoh Chalobah], I think that’s the only attempt they had on goal.”

“Pleasing to win, I’m pleased for the players and also a special thanks to the two lads [assistants Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence] who have been in here for a good month or so who helped me a long the way.”

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JoHnNnY added 18:14 - Feb 2

RegencyBlue added 18:17 - Feb 2
Poor goal to give away but how we were still in the game at that point amazes me!

We are done, simple as that now.

MrTown added 18:20 - Feb 2
Let’s be clear, we we second best to Sheff Wed today.

Gone backwards massively since Lamberts first 2 games.

itfchorry added 18:20 - Feb 2
Got to play with 2 up Top - We are not scoring-


ArnieM added 18:27 - Feb 2
Lambert on Knudsen....”You tend to think you’re a better player than you actually are. Maybe he’ll start to realise what it is.”

Oh and ther was me thinking I’d got that wrong.

surgery added 18:34 - Feb 2
Shut up you charlatan, like your predecessor you talk a good game, but let’s be honest you haven’t a clue

jas0999 added 18:34 - Feb 2
We were poor and deserved nothing from the game. New loans haven’t improved us. Judge decent, Collins quality but no surprise he is starting to miss games injured. This is a sorry mess.

christiand added 18:40 - Feb 2
Forget the goal, we were poor fullstop PL. We seem to be regressing and don’t look up for the fight. Just a toothless display, against a bang average Championship side.

leftie1972 added 18:47 - Feb 2
PL has to throw caution to the wind now. we have nothing more to lose. get the u23's side as much game time as possible to prepare for League 1. 4-4-2 for me from now on, cant be any worse and may nick a winner, who knows.

Mark added 18:48 - Feb 2
A poor goal, yes, but Sheff Wed could have scored from numerous other opportunities and we hardly threatened them. Lots of new signings made and a new manager, but have we really improved since the 2-1 defeat at Sheff Wed? That day we had 5 more shots than today and the team was: Bialkowski, Knudsen, Donacian, Chambers, Nsiala, Chalobah, Eden, Nolan, Harrison, Edwards, Jackson.

Karlosfandangal added 18:52 - Feb 2
Can’t say that Evans has not put money in this season

New manager and 12 new players, sack him get a new manager and 7 new players but still the same.

Mick was boring but knew how to get results.

heathen66 added 19:05 - Feb 2
You should not pick out Kenlock as the reason we lost.
You should never play Knudsen...he does not want to play for us...simple
You need to try to win games and playing a lone striker is not helping.
Play 4-4-2 or 3-5-2.
Stop playing you old slow holding midfielder...he is too ineffective.
If Plan A is not working...try Plan B (if you have one !!!)

Sergio added 19:11 - Feb 2
Another toothless performance. Another poor ref but hey,the fans are great so what does it matter!

Wickets added 19:13 - Feb 2
Anyone blaming Paul Lambert for the horrible situation we are in is in my opinion in cloud cookoo land !

ITFCsince73 added 19:28 - Feb 2
Lambert tastes more defeats than victories throughout his manergerial career.
Why should we think that anything will change.
He was bought in to change our fortunes, but hasn’t.
I know he inherited rubbish, but the players he’s just bought in are no better.
Paul Hurst messed up last summer, Lambert has messed up this winter.
Everything we thought was wrong with Hurst, it appears Lambert is doing his best to mess up bigger.

Sergio added 19:31 - Feb 2
The only positive is Paul Lambert is a good L1 Manager so I don’t think we’ll suffer a double relegation!

Pilgrimblue added 20:16 - Feb 2
we're down for sure so Pl must now think of how his team is going to start scoring. No shots equals no goals so something needs to cahnge big time.

ITFCsince73 added 20:21 - Feb 2
Sergio. I think it may of helped PL case that he had a good Championship budget at his disposal in L1. He most certainly won’t have that luxury next season. More a good L2 budget.

BeethorpeAndy added 20:23 - Feb 2
No atmosphere today. Lucky to go in 0-0. Kean made a difference second half and should of been awarded a free kick! Instead they break and we lose! That's how it is at the moment of your Town fan! Dread Norwich. On the bright side,at least we won't play them next season.

LWNR2013 added 20:34 - Feb 2
Bree .. no better than Donacian or Josh E

Keane .. no better than Edwards

Quaner ... no better than ME! or Harrison or Jackson or Roberts

I can accept relegation but I cannot accept being mugged twice in one season.

grubbyoik added 20:36 - Feb 2
We play with one striker all season... with defensive midfielders .. players out of position.. and do not try any other system ... other than than the one we keep losing playing... is Homer Simpson managing our team.

shakytown added 20:46 - Feb 2
With the current midfield we have league 2 is almost certain in the very near future. No guts at all and very little talent. Most league 1 teams will just bully us off the park with ease and we still wont score an goals because of that.

Pilgrimblue added 21:12 - Feb 2
As a person it's easy to like Pl but from what I've seen so far he's a very poor manager.
He's been unable to find the players that can create and instead is far worse than MM.
Playing keep-ball is fine but what is the end product zero goals.
Ok our two CBs were out but to play one up front is asking for trouble. Quaner is poor and clearly doesn't like to be alone CF. And why sign Judge and then play him out of position. If we couldn't afford better players Pl shouldn't have signed any more.

dukey44 added 21:14 - Feb 2
Lambert change the system!!!!!

ITFCsince73 added 21:28 - Feb 2
Pilgrimblue. Totally agree. Or the very least brought players in with L1 very much in mind. There will simply be to much to do this summer. It will need serious judgment made this summer just to compete in L1.

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