Lambert: Dominated the game… deserved the win against physical Gillingham side
Paul Lambert felt Town were well worth the win at Gillingham as Kane Vincent-Young’s first goal for the Club gave Blues the points.
The 23-year-old’s header in the first-half was enough to take Town back to the top of the table as Paul Lambert’s side equalled the Club record of five clean sheets.
“I thought we deserved to win the game,” said Lambert. “I thought we were outstanding. It could have been two or three. (Alan) Judgey has hit the post and Nolo (Jon Nolan) had a chance.
“They never really caused us too much of a problem. They surprised me with the way they played. They were really, really direct and physical. I thought they would have played a it more football than they did because they have got good footballers. Ben Pringle has been around, the lad (Mark) Byrne is a good footballer, but they went a bit direct.
“Maybe they thought they could outmuscle us, but we stood up to it really well and some of the football we played was really, really good.”
He continued: “I thought the tackle from Luke Chambers in the second half was brilliant. I thought the three of them at the back (Chambers, Luke Woolfenden and James Wilson) were very, very good.
“We dominated the game and had a lot of the ball. It’s a tough place to play. The grass is long, there must have been a spit of water on the pitch, which made it difficult, so I’m delighted with the team.
“The move for the goal was outstanding with the amount of passes in it. Andre (Dozzell) ignited it with a ball around the corner, then it’s Kayden’s (Jackson) cross and Kane… Well, if there’s a better right-back out there then I’d like to see them.
“He’s been brilliant, he really has. He gives us another dimension offensively. The goal was just reward for how well he’s played. He’s a young guy who’s come up through Colchester, Marcus (Evans) has done great getting him and he started so well.”
On playing Judge alongside striker Kayden Jackson, Lambert explained: “We analysed Gillingham the other day and I just thought Judgey coming into little pockets would be hard for them to pick up. So it proved, I thought he had a good game. He did everything right with the chance and was denied by the post.”
With three of Town’s wins having come by a 1-0 scoreline, Lambert said: “We’re never going to have games all our way. Why should we, just because we’re Ipswich Town? If it was that easy then Sunderland would have done it last year and Leeds United would have done it all those years ago in this division. It’s a difficult league and we’re winning games.
“Anybody will tell you that one of the best results in the game is 1-0. If you said I could win every game 1-0 then I’d bite your hand off.
“Being top iss great viewing for everybody, but you don’t win a title in September, you win it in May. What we’ve done is get off to a brilliant start after a hard season. All credit to the team for turning it around and getting that winning mentality.
“Whether I make changes or change systems, everybody is thriving. I said everybody would have to get game time and that’s what’s happening. Now we look forward to a free week this week.”
Town were cheered on by over 2,000 fans today and Lambert led his team to a hand-in-hand celebration at the end.
“I used to do that in front of one of the greatest ends in the world (Borussia Dortmund), so I know it works,” he said. “I know if you get wins it can get everybody involved; the players, the staff and the supporters. It’s the German way and I know the club has got a connection with (Fortuna) Dusseldorf.
“It’s something I suggested last night and it was brilliant.
“A lot of hard work has gone into engaging with the supporters. We had to find out what happened before. I have to say they have been absolutely brilliant. We’re taking our allocation everywhere we’ve been and I can’t thank them enough.”
He added: “I’d love to know when this place had an atmosphere like that last. Ipswich fans are making an atmospheres wherever they go – it’s absolutely brilliant.
“The club is absolutely vibrant. What a place to play with that support behind you. It’s fabulous.
“Every time we play is like that. MK Dons was the same, Peterborough, Burton… We’ve got a big target on our backs, everybody wants to beat us, but so far so good.”