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Lambert Not Giving Up on Play-Offs
Friday, 13th Mar 2020 11:59

Boss Paul Lambert was insisting that the Blues are still targeting a play-off place at his morning press conference which took place ahead of confirmation that tomorrow's game at Bristol Rovers is off due to the EFL's suspension of fixtures until April 3rd.

Lambert reiterated his previous message that the Blues, who are 10th having lost their last four, seven points off the top six with eight matches to play, aren’t giving up and are taking each match as it comes.

“Win as many as you can,” he said. “Every game we play we try to win, one game at a time, go and try and win it.”

Asked whether he still believed the Blues could make the play-offs, he added: “I wasn’t too discouraged by the performance last Saturday. We played a good game and we had no strikers.

“We had a young striker coming on who is 18 years old and learning the game, young Tyreece Simpson.

“But that’s where the club is, realistically Ipswich should be having big players coming off the bench, but we aren’t at that stage now, we have to build and develop our own in certain aspects, but we’ll just go and try and win.”

Some fans have suggested that the season should now be a case of preparing for next season with youngsters such as Simpson and Armando Dobra given games to give them experience, however, Lambert believes otherwise.

“No, never give up,” he insisted. “I’m not built that way and it doesn’t come into my make-up that, my make-up is to win and we’ll go and do our best to try and achieve it.”

Reflecting further on the Coventry game, he added: “The performance was a lot better. We had one or two little chances, Coventry had one real chance and scored.

“But the performance was a lot better, which was pleasing, we just need to build on that, and we’ll try and build on that.”

Earlier on in the season the Blues had an outstanding away record, however, they have won just once on their travels - at Tranmere - since beating Rochdale on November 5th, while their home record has been patchy at best throughout the campaign.

“We’ve just done it the other way around,” Lambert reflected on the home-away disparity.

“The home form has been no good and the away form has been really good. I’ve got my own reasons for that, a different scenario.

“But we just have to get back winning, it doesn’t matter if it’s home or away, and we’re more than capable of doing it.

“We don’t go into any game thinking we are going to play defensively or for a draw. You can ask anybody here, I’m not like that, we just go try and win.”

Meanwhile, Lambert says ideally he'd like a settled number one having changed his keepers in recent weeks, Will Norris having come in for Tomas Holy last weekend, the on-loan Wolves man having been replaced by the Czech in early February.

“You’d like a settled number one," he said. “It’s different if it’s the cup games, you can change then.

“I just thought Will for that particular game was the right choice, and to be fair he never had a save, he never had one save to make.

“He picks the ball out the net, but that’s been the story of the last few weeks with Tomas as well, not really had a save to make. I just felt Will’s calming influence would have helped us last week.”

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TractorCam added 12:02 - Mar 13
At least he has an excuse for when the season gets cancelled and we don't go up.

ShropshireBluenago09 added 12:34 - Mar 13
If we win remaining games which is totally possible, given the 3 extra weeks off for Norwood and KVY to return , we might just have a chance.

Chrisd added 12:50 - Mar 13
Completely delusional! Just have a look at our recent run and our form PL, that’s a team that’s getting nowhere near the top 6!

patrickswell added 12:55 - Mar 13
F—k off, you busted flush.

Kickingblock added 12:59 - Mar 13
Best the club made the most of this opportunity for sorting themselves out, bonding and training!

meekreech added 13:14 - Mar 13
This is the result of wanting pretty football over results. I would rather we were spending a few more seasons in the championship mid-table playing for results rather than entertainment. Football is no longer entertainment, it is simply business and is totally dependent on results !

Default_User added 13:35 - Mar 13
Maybe you should start playing for a draw and we might not lose. Again.

azuremerlangus added 13:50 - Mar 13
Pretty football normally involves scoring goals...

TimmyH added 14:11 - Mar 13
Give it a rest Lambert...a few matches back you weren't giving up on automatic we've got a rest due to coronavirus (could be a very long one) you can earn you're hard earn corn and get down to some hard training with the lads and in still some confidence back into them and work on some tactics...personally like to see a new manager come in but Evans won't do that due to his clownery of giving him a massive extended contract.

eddiespearitt03 added 16:47 - Mar 13
What is next ? Sell our best players and get extended contracts for the players who could not compete in League One ?

therein61 added 17:36 - Mar 13
After our good start to the season when we were looking down on the rest of the division complacency set in and the club seemed to be on the beach already!! as the slide began the usual it's only a blip comments came out from all and sundry and yet the slide continued at an alarming rate into the sorry state we now find our great club, this season has been a disaster we are carrying to many free loaders and until a severe cull is brought in we will i'm afraid continue on a downhill slide, saying not giving up on the playoffs is as ridiculous as Chambo our great leader saying if we don't go up it will be a disaster(he's been quiet since wonder why) also the performance shows we have not thrown in the towel!!! We fans have done all that has been asked of us turning up in our numbers home and away shame the players haven't done the same.

brittaniaman added 19:44 - Mar 13
the 9 teams above us have got to lose a majority of there games which seems unlikely , for us to get in to the playoffs and they are not on the Down fall as we have been Lambo

Doctor_Earman added 00:43 - Mar 14
''I just felt Will’s calming influence would have helped us last week''

Dunno about anyone else, but I feel anything but calm when Will Norris is in goal!

jong75 added 06:41 - Mar 14
Oh please!!!! We have the worst form in the division, the worst and yet PR Paul is still talking about the play offs? How gullible does he think Ipswich fans are?? How many season ticket holders will renew?

dukey44 added 09:33 - Mar 14
Well it's sounding like there are going to me no promotion or relegation. So we got next season to have another try..

dirtydingusmagee added 10:57 - Mar 14

thechangingman added 14:20 - Mar 15
So, Paul, you're not giving up on the play-offs?

In other news, I am not giving up on being the next Prime Minister, and winning the lottery for 18 consecutive weeks.


raycrawfordswig added 07:21 - Mar 16
Can I have some of what you are on .

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