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‘It gave Nottingham Forest and their crowd impetus’- Lambert on Bialkowski error

PUBLISHED: 18:16 01 December 2018 | UPDATED: 21:09 01 December 2018

Bartosz Bialkowski is left floored after his mistake allowed Nottingham Forest to take a first half lead Picture Pagepix

Bartosz Bialkowski is left floored after his mistake allowed Nottingham Forest to take a first half lead Picture Pagepix

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Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has admitted he was surprised to see goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski make a mistake which led to Nottingham Forest’s opening goal this afternoon.

The Pole, who turned the ball into his own net following an error against Bristol City on Wednesday night, failed to hold Tendayi Darikwa’s shot just nine minutes into the game and, despite his best efforts, was then unable to stop Lewis Grabban from turning home the rebound.

Ipswich went on to lose the game 2-0, leaving them seven points adrift of safety, with Lambert admitting Bialkowski’s error gave the hosts the impetus to go on and see out the contest.

“Do you know what, we started really well,” Lambert said.

MORE: Stu says: Five observations following Ipswich Town’s 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest

Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski after conceding the first goal at Nottingham Forest. Picture PagepixIpswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski after conceding the first goal at Nottingham Forest. Picture Pagepix

“The first goal came after a mistake from a lad you wouldn’t expect to make a mistake. I thought it was bread and butter shot from distance with no great power. It just came away from him and that put us on the back foot. It gave Nottingham Forest and their crowd impetus.

“Second half we made a fist of it when we could have capitulated. All credit to the team. They are really young. We’ve got a lot of lads who have been brought to the football club and for a lot of them it’s their first time playing in this division this level.”

When asked if he will stick with Bialkowski for next weekend’s visit to Stoke or turn to deputy Dean Gerken, Lambert said: “Listen, I think he’s a brilliant goalkeeper and a terrific lad. Mistakes do happen.

“That’s the nature of football. It won’t be his first mistake and it won’t be his last.

Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski clears under pressure at Nottingham Forest. Picture PagepixIpswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski clears under pressure at Nottingham Forest. Picture Pagepix

“He’s a really top goalkeeper and it would be wrong for me to say anything because he’s been excellent since I’ve been here.

“Mistakes happen. I’m fortunate this football club has two very good goalkeepers.”

MORE: Report: Blues well-beaten at Forest as gap to safety grows further

Midfielder Cole Skuse backed Bialkowski, a three-time player-of-the-year, to bounce back.

Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski at Nottingham Forest. Picture PagepixIpswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski at Nottingham Forest. Picture Pagepix

“Bart’s old enough and certainly ugly enough to dust himself down and pick himself up,” he said.

“He’s one of the older heads in the changing room and he’s made mistakes in his career and he’s going to make more like anyone in any walk of life.

“He’s proven over the last three or four years – he’s been voted players’-player-of-the-year in the last three – and you don’t turn into a bad player overnight.

“He’ll dust himself down and he’ll be fine.”

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert is leaving no stone unturned in his search for January reinforcements.

Ipswich Town are committed to signing loan player Janoi Donacien on a permanent deal once his immigration status is rubber stamped.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features Darren Currie scoring on his debut in a win at QPR and the Blues win over Leicester City.....

Former Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell has been appointed director of football at League Two club Swindon Town.

Mark Heath, Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back with the latest episode of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Ipswich Hospital patients were treated to a visit from the stars of Ipswich Town as they made their annual trip to give out presents on the wards.

Ipswich Town’s Under 23s drew 3-3 with QPR at Playford Road this afternoon. Andy Warren cast an eye over the Young Blues.

Trevoh Chalobah is confident he can help fill the void left following Cole Skuse’s knee injury.

Ipswich Town will field a strong Under 23 side when they take on QPR at Playford Road this afternoon (1pm).

It’s been another week with more losses – but the double whammy on this occasion is that these have been suffered both on the pitch at Stoke and off the field of play, in the reporting of our latest set of accounts. In all honesty, there’s no surprise in either.

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