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Lambert: The Two Incidents Were Absolutely Incredible
Tuesday, 3rd Nov 2020 23:01

Town boss Paul Lambert felt referee Peter Wright’s decisions to send off Andre Dozzell and award a penalty for handball against Mark McGuinness were “absolutely incredible” as the Blues were defeated 2-1 at Sunderland with the two incidents playing a significant part in the loss.

Dozzell was given his marching orders for a challenge on Grant Leadbitter in the 72nd minute with the ex-Town skipper eventually netting the spot-kick which was harshly awarded for handball by McGuinness when he kicked the ball against his own arm as Toto Nsiala looked to head it away.

Asked about referee Wright’s performance, Lambert said: “I don’t think I can comment on that. You look at Andre Dozzell, I think anybody looking at that Andre Dozzell incident has got to have the common sense to rescind that.

“In a million years in professional football, that was never a sending off. The actual foul initially was on Andre himself.

“The handball. the Eric Dier incident a few weeks ago [in Tottenham's game against Newcastle] changed the laws of the game.

“If you’re not looking at the ball, which he wasn’t, and Toto heads it off him, I mean, come on! What are we doing to the game of football? What game are we actually playing? That was incredible.

“It doesn’t help us because I thought we were excellent, really were excellent. We played some really cracking football. I’m really pleased with the guys, how they’re playing but the two incidents I thought were absolutely incredible.”

Lambert says that even if the card is rescinded, it has cost the Blues: “Massively, because we were really good. I thought we were the better team, we played some brilliant football, Jack Lankester should have put us 2-1 up, we were so comfortable.

“The movement from the guys, the speed of the ball, the football we’re playing. Come on, we’re asking for better than that for those decisions, without a doubt.”

Lambert was similarly frustrated by referee Kevin Johnson’s performance in the 1-0 defeat at Lincoln 10 days ago when a harsh penalty was awarded against Toto Nsiala after Teddy Bishop had been fouled twice in the build-up. He says those sorts of decision oughtn’t to happen at this level.

“They shouldn’t and I spoke to Mike Jones the head of the referees [the national group director of the PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited)] after the Lincoln game and Mike told me himself that it wasn’t a penalty, and he even said that the referee himself admitted it wasn’t a penalty.

“Come on! What are we actually doing here? What’s going on with it? I know it’s a tough gig they’ve got but Andre Dozzell, it’s never a lifetime a penalty. Also, the handball, the Eric Dier thing changes the whole game.

“We only spoke about it a few weeks ago, to say if you’re not looking at the ball and the ball hits your hand, it’s not a penalty. Even the Sunderland lads were saying to me after the game that it wasn’t a penalty. They never even appealed.”

Quizzed on what the referee said to him, Lambert added: “Listen, the usual, just ‘I’ll look at it’. Honestly, I’m hot and angry about it because the guys gave me everything and they were brilliant the way they played and the football we’re playing at the minute is really good.

“We’re sitting second, we’re in a good position, confidence is incredibly high the way they’re playing, but we deserved to win the game.”

Having started slowly and gone behind to Charlie Wyke’s goal in the eighth minute, the Blues levelled through Lankester then from there got on top.

“We did, really proud of them, I’ve just told them that in the dressing room,” the Blues manager continued.

“The way we’re playing, and I know everybody looks at the results and all those sorts of thing, but the long term, the football club is going really well, really well with the way we’re playing.

“If we can instil that right through as I’ve always said, then the football club will be in a really good place in the years to come.

“The performance today, the way we played with the knock-backs we’ve had, obviously the Woolfy situation and things like that, and the sending off, which it wasn’t, and the handball.

“I bet you guys [the media] couldn’t believe it either. What you’re seeing from up above me, I see at pitch level, which is incredible.”

Again, as so often over the course of the last two seasons, Town were unable to win against one of the division’s leading lights, but the result didn’t tell the full story and Lambert says the Blues are well placed.

“The way we’re playing football, I’m so happy, I’m so proud of how we’re playing,” he said. “We’re sitting second in the table, I think we’re three points off top.

“There’s a helluva lot of games to get played, a helluva lot of midweek games to get thrown in, and all you’re asking for is for officials to get the big moments right in big games.

“You cannot give a penalty when you’re a yard away, McGuinness isn’t even looking at the ball. The Eric Dier incident changed the game, the Eric Dier incident changed the game for the Premier League, so surely it must filter down? Unless we’ve got different rules. Is that what we’re saying? We’ve got different rules to the Premier League?”

Lambert was delighted to see Lankester net his first goal since January 2019, but felt he ought to have grabbed another in the second half when he shot just over the bar.

“It was a great goal, a great move, it really was, a brilliant move,” he enthused. “He should have scored his second, the move was great. We looked really good and the kid’s just come back from two really bad injuries to his back.

“But regarding the team, I’m really pleased with how they’re playing, I couldn’t ask for any more.”

Kayden Jackson was handed his first start of the season following a groin injury and then a spell in isolation due to Covid-19.

Asked whether it was a difficult game in which to give Jackson his chance, Lambert said: “I think any game when we started Kayden was always going to be tough because he’s not played or trained for a long time. He’s just finding his feet again.

“And Oli Hawkins had run himself into the ground in the last few weeks so we decided to start Kayden. Kayden did well, so it’s another few minutes under his belt.”

Lambert says players will be rested for Saturday’s home FA Cup first round tie against Portsmouth.

“Yes, we’ve got a few knocks and obviously there’s Woolfy’s situation, he won’t be able to play for 14 days, the break as well as the two cup games,” he said. “We have to [rest some] because we’ve got a few injuries in there.”

Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson was pleased to come through a game against a side he expects to be among their promotion rivals come the end of the season.

“I think the first half we got caught in between a little bit with our pressing,” Parkinson told the Sunderland Echo.

“I thought we allowed them to progress up the pitch too easily, even though we started well and got the goal.

“The second half we were much better, we put Goochy in behind the two strikers and got on top of them better.

“We forced them into more mistakes and it was a much better display. Sometimes when you're not at your best you've got to find a way to win. The lads stuck at it and it was an important win for us, to back up the win against Gillingham.

“Ipswich are technically very good in the midfield area, their midfield three are probably as good as anyone in the division and it did show at times.

“I thought we were rectified things at half time by getting that extra man higher up the pitch, to stop them building attacks.

“There was perhaps a little bit of edginess there but it was an important game against promotion rivals and we came through it.”

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Northstandveteran added 23:11 - Nov 3
Resting players for the first round of the F.A cup!!!

What is happening to this once proud and famous club?!

Words fail me.

ArnieM added 23:18 - Nov 3
These decisions SHOULD be altered retrospectively because they influenced the final outcome of the game and we’re not correct decisions. The game needs a bloody good shake up and incompetent refs drummed out if the professional game.

BigBlueMac added 23:18 - Nov 3
Northstandveteran why shouldn't we rest players. Our season is about getting out of league 1 not making another round in a frankly pointless cup

Vanisleblue2 added 23:36 - Nov 3
V Pompey I think the team will be:
Cornell, Donacien, Kenlock, Nolan, Wilson, Ndaba, Dobra, Huws, Bennetts, Sears, Lankester
subs: Bishop, Hawkins, Chambers, Jackson, Holy, Ward and Simpson

shakytown added 00:19 - Nov 4
Time for a third referee revue like other sports have.

algarvefan added 01:59 - Nov 4
I thought we did OK tonight, as I have said before we are a work in progress, but we deserved at least a draw tonight. The sending off changed the outcome of the game, at worst it was a yellow card, because he had spoken to Andre earlier but it was never a red card. The season is not decided on a single game, we have to look to keep improving and we need to present more in the final third. Onwards and upwards.

Northstandveteran added 06:52 - Nov 4

There was a time when everyone complained that McCarthy sacrificed the cups.

I did post that the last time we entered the third round and exited post haste, this would be the last time we get that far in many years.

Yes, let's concentrate on finishing mid table and to Hell with a cup run.

I remember a time, not really that long ago, when we would go on cup runs and have dreams and aspirations.

Every year the expectations of fans drop lower and lower and I'm afraid when that happens, so do the standards and results.


Europablue added 07:17 - Nov 4
ArnieM, we were robbed, but I don't like the idea of retrospectively changing results. The referee has some explaining to do.

grow_our_own added 08:02 - Nov 4
We played well, but any discussion of that game beyond the refereeing is pointless. The best outcome we can hope for is Dozzell's ridiculous red (mostly down to Leadbitter's cynical play-acting) is rescinded. Under no law was that handball, Peter Wright is insane and should be struck off.

I hope Lambert keeps faith with the front three in the league, Lankester instead of Sears, and Edwards on the left was a big success.

grow_our_own added 08:10 - Nov 4
"Under no law was that handball" - here's the rule:

"it is not an offence if the ball touches a player’s hand/amr directly from the player’s own head or body (including the foot)"


pennblue added 08:23 - Nov 4
Whilst you can't disagree those 2 decisions were awful. PL should focus less on this and more about making sure we are so far out of sight in games, that a poor refereeing decision will not alter the outcome.

RobITFC added 08:45 - Nov 4
Why rest players for FA Cup ? Our next league game is not until 21/11 !!!!

Carberry added 08:46 - Nov 4
The FA Cup is a pointless competition, you heard it here first. Let's erase winning it from our history shall we?

DifferentGravy added 08:50 - Nov 4
'Altered retrospectively'.........appreciate the frustration and sentiment but thats about as ridiculous as VAR.

Those decisions in yesterdays games were disgraceful. The referees performance should be reviewed, highly controversial .

We played with high intensity, retained the ball for long spells and there were some good performances. BUt we didnt create enough. If we have more attacking moments, shots, create chances(more than 3 attempts on goal).....then we may score more and these outrageous decisions(which shouldnt happen anyway) will not have an impact on the outcome.

Icantbelieveyousaidt added 08:56 - Nov 4
Northstandveteran - you stated that words fail you in your original post last evening; then you proceed to go on and on and on and........
Victor M would be proud of you.

MickMillsTash added 09:02 - Nov 4
We were pretty good - the midfield with Bishop especially is gelling and looks dangerous.
Clear Progress on that performance and more room for optimism than negativity. I thought it was the best we had played all season and we have 3 of our better players still out.
Despite that we only created only 2 or 3 chances and still lost against a fairly pedestrian Sunderland team.
Is Ward fit ?

Northstandveteran added 09:16 - Nov 4
I was just responding to a poster that mentioned my name @Icantbelieveitsnotbutter.

I don't belieeeeeeve it!

ChrisFelix added 09:17 - Nov 4
Another poor referee to add to Thomas, Capey & Durso. For a third away in a row a penalty decides the game. When did we last get one.
As said this is one game & we remain second. Need to regroup & start again. Skill & luck will even out

Northstandveteran added 09:17 - Nov 4
But as I posted about the fall guy on the match report.

Whichever way the arrows point, if you're the first poster, the lemmings follow.

FenboyBlue added 09:18 - Nov 4
You'd like to think that now with games being played without crowds the referees would improve their decision making and not be swayed by any external crowd influences. But here we have 2 dubious decisions going against us when we are battling do break the curse of 'not beating a top 6 side'. Overnight I was reminded of a few years ago there was a spate of midweek floodlight failures which got linked to unusual betting patterns in South East Asia. It might just be sour grapes on my part. Either way let's keep battling the top 6 sides properly like this.

fistpumpfury added 09:22 - Nov 4
I’m afraid Lambo is not a well man. The game he watched was not the one broadcast by iFollow. The game I saw showed a Town side lacking ambition and quality. The first half was pitiful. Sideways and backwards for nearly the whole first half. We never had a shot and we never even had a player inside the Mackems box. Pathetic. It took a goal against the run of play for Town to wake up. First time I’ve paid for iFollow and definitely the last. This club are going nowhere this season, again. We can’t compete with any of the clubs around us.

tractorboybig added 10:01 - Nov 4
Paul I think two shots on target by us in 90 mins didnt really help??????

Icantbelieveyousaidt added 10:05 - Nov 4
fistpumpfury (your name says it all) - I saw the same game as Mr Lambert with a few slight modifications and I will challenge you to a health and fitness test any day. My guess is you just want some attention, oh dear and I am providing that! Your dislike of PL is clouding your judgement.

BettyBlue added 10:05 - Nov 4
Lambert out.

Saxonblue74 added 10:10 - Nov 4
A good performance for an Ipswich Town side in lge1, not a premier league or top championship side. That's who we are right now and that's what a good performance from us looks like. We were playing potential promotion rivals and in my opinion were the stronger side. Long term let's set the bar higher, but right now a dose of realism required.

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