Blues boss Lambert: We’d have taken where we are now at the start of August. That’s the reality

Town manager Paul Lambert. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com

Town manager Paul Lambert. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has said he would have been happy for the team to be in the position it finds itself today, if given that option at the start of the season.

Paul Lambert is a Blue: The Town manager applauds fans Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.co

Paul Lambert is a Blue: The Town manager applauds fans Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Town head into Saturday's League One clash at Portsmouth in second place in League One, with a game in hand over leaders Wycombe - who they play on New Year's Day.

However, after an impressive start to the campaign, Town have faltered of late, with just one win in 10 in all competitions.

A home defeat to Bristol Rovers on Saturday didn't help matters, despite the Blues having plenty of chances. There were a few rumblings from some fans.

While Lambert is aware of their frustrations, he is determined to see the bigger picture.


You may also want to watch:


"We spoke about this as a group recently," Lambert said at today's press conference.

MORE: From God to Dog... And that includes the Town boss

"We said that if, on August 3rd (the opening game of the season at Burton), we would be second place with a game in hand heading towards Christmas after all that happened last season, we'd take it. That's the reality.

Ipswich fans celebrate with pyros at The Pirelli Stadium back in August. Picture Pagepix

Ipswich fans celebrate with pyros at The Pirelli Stadium back in August. Picture Pagepix

Most Read

"We are not even half-way through this season yet. We have all this to go again, more twists and turns.

"I think this time last year Luton were sitting fourth in League One (they went up). The top two, Portsmouth and Sunderland, didn't' make it.

"It's a tough league. Sheffield United were in it for a long time, Leeds, Southampton, Forest have all been here, some teams more than one year. No-one has a divine right to just get out of it."

MORE: Town injury news... Good and bad

The games come thick and fast now for all teams over the Christmas period. And while plenty like it - Lambert is not a big fan.

"When I played in Germany we had a winter break and I loved it," he said.

"It was great for everyone, players, fans.

Luke Garbutt celebrates at The Pirelli Stadium after Ipswich win on the first day of the season Pict

Luke Garbutt celebrates at The Pirelli Stadium after Ipswich win on the first day of the season Picture Pagepix

"For me here in England we have too many games. The quality goes down, fans have to fork out money after money, after money. I think that's wrong and unfair. Spain have a break, Germany have a break, Italy have a break.

"England is probably one of the only big countries to carry on. As I said, I'm not a big fan of all these games. If you are carrying knocks, it doesn't' help."

MORE: Nolan: Anything other than top 2 is a failure in my eyes

Flynn Downes reflects on Towns loss after the final whistle against Bristol Rovers on Saturday .
Pi

Flynn Downes reflects on Towns loss after the final whistle against Bristol Rovers on Saturday . Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus