‘I don’t know what to say... this is the worst I’ve felt in my career’ - Judge on Town’s slide down League One

Alan Judge holds his head after the defeat at Lincoln City Picture Pagepix

Alan Judge holds his head after the defeat at Lincoln City Picture Pagepix

Alan Judge admitted he is feeling as low as he has in his entire career as Ipswich Town’s slide down the League One table continues.

Alan Judge races forwards, early in the game. Picture Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com

Alan Judge races forwards, early in the game. Picture Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

The Blues now find themselves ninth, six points off the play-offs having played two games more than Fleetwood, who moved into sixth, and if those below them win their games in hand Paul Lambert's side could drop as low as 12th.

The latest defeat came on Tuesday night following the 1-0 home loss to Fleetwood, which was surely a near-terminal blow to lingering play-off hopes and was played out in front of a difficult atmosphere at Portman Road as the home fans vented frustrations at owner Marcus Evans, manager Lambert and the Town players.

"They (the fans) pay their good money and ultimately it all comes down to us so we have to do what we can and it wasn't good enough," Judge said.

"I don't know what to say. It's probably the worst I've felt in my career but we're not going to give in, none of us will give in, I'm not going to say just me, we all won't give in.

Town manager Paul Lambert and his players walk towards the Sir Bobby Robson stand, applauding fans,

Town manager Paul Lambert and his players walk towards the Sir Bobby Robson stand, applauding fans, but they were roundly booed by their supporters following the Fleetwood defeat. Picture Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

"This is the worst I've probably felt in my career, and I've broken my leg (at Portman Road, with Brentford in 2016) and this is definitely up there with it.

"I hate seeing people spending good money and not getting what they deserve back, because we have been supported well.

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"I'm just the one speaking now but I'd imagine if you have everybody speaking they'd say the exact same thing as me. But, again, fans are probably sick of hearing that."

Youngsters Brett McGavin and Tyreece Simpson were involved on Tuesday night while Armando Dobra was an unused substitute, with Judge insisting these tough times could ultimately be the making of the academy graduates.

"This will be the making of them," he said. "I've said that before. It's hard for them but I think as you've seen Tyreece has come on and done well, (Armando) Dobra's done well in other games.

"We have been hit by injuries and suspensions, key players have been injured. Ultimately for me I've been OK but maybe I'm paying for not having a great pre-season but you just want to see the lads fit and well and just see what happens.

"I don't want to say things and the fans say 'oh, he's ranting on again'. I totally get it. I get it and it's down to us.

"We have to keep going, work hard, don't shy away from the ball. I think tonight you saw players who didn't shy away from the ball, and that's the important thing. If you start seeing that then you've got a problem."

Luke Chambers has his head in his hands as Town manager Paul Lambert puts an arm around his skipper,

Luke Chambers has his head in his hands as Town manager Paul Lambert puts an arm around his skipper, as they walk off the pitch at the end of the 1-0 defeat by Fleetwood. Picture Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Tuesday night's game was labelled 'must-win' by manager Paul Lambert and, while the defeat leaves Ipswich well adrift of the play-off places, Judge insisted the players can't afford to give up.

"I'm not going to pan it onto the staff or whatever, it's just not working for us as players and that's down to us," he said.

"I don't know what to say to the fans, to be honest with you because I'm out of words really, to be honest with you. They're sick of hearing us talking and I can understand that totally.

"We won't give up, we'll keep going," he added.

Ched Evans wheels away after scoring to give Fleetwood a 1-0 first half lead. Picture Steve Waller

Ched Evans wheels away after scoring to give Fleetwood a 1-0 first half lead. Picture Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

"Anything can happen in the league but we'll just keep going and see what happens."

Ched Evans beats Town keeper Tomas Holy to give Fleetwood a 1-0 lead. Picture Steve Waller www.st

Ched Evans beats Town keeper Tomas Holy to give Fleetwood a 1-0 lead. Picture Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Alan Judge is hurt by Ipswich Town's slide down the League One table. Picture: Steve Waller w

Alan Judge is hurt by Ipswich Town's slide down the League One table. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

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