Lambert: We will be up there come May
Paul Lambert knocked back any suggestion of doom and gloom and said Blues will be ‘up there’ come the end of the season.
Town went down to a second successive league defeat against Rotherham at Portman Road but still sit joint top of the table and with a game in hand.
“We started well, had a couple of chances to go one or two up, but then they hit us with a sucker punch and from thereon I think we kind of fell short,” Lambert said, after the 2-0 loss to the Millers.
“But that happens in football. I’m happy with the team, they way they’re going, but disappointed with the last two games.
“I said before, we will have bumps and bruises along the way, but we’re still up there. It’s not what happens now, it’s what happens in May, that’s the main thing.”
Asked whether he was concerned not to have got a reaction to Sunday’s defeat at Accrington, Lambert responded: “Hang on a minute, how many games have we played? Thirteen, we have won the majority of them.
“We’ve been beaten twice. If you’re sitting where you’re sitting, feeling doom and gloom about it, then my God, we’ve got a major problem.
“I’m really happy with the team. Pressure is when you don’t have a job, you’re not working. You’ve got the greatest job in the world, I’m really happy with the guys, we’re in a really good place, I’ve got some really good players, I don’t have one problem with the football club and the team. It’s going really well.
“We’re a big club, with an expectancy level which a lot of clubs don’t have in this league. So I’m not going to be all doom and gloom.
“Disappointed to lose, yes. Disappointed for everybody but we’re well in it and football is a great game, it can take you to great heights but we’re well in the mix and will be.”
“You’re way off scale off here,” he insisted when asked about the boos at half and full time. “The crowd are brilliant, and they have been brilliant since I’ve been here.
“I’ll never criticise Ipswich supporters, they’ve been brilliant. They come in their thousands, 20,000 whatever it was tonight and they pay a lot of money to come.
“They want to have a good time and enjoy themselves with their families and everyone. We try and give them everything we’ve got to try and win a game but we won’t win every game. That’s normal in football.
“As I said before, if you can give me one guy who has never lost a football game, then I’d love to meet him. This is a brilliant club and it’s going the right way, for sure.”
“Credit to Rotherham, they played a good game, they were strong, resolute and limited us to not so many chances.
“You’ve got to give them credit for the way they’ve played. But my own team, I can’t fault them. OK, the last two games we lost, but we’re still sitting in a really good place.
“It’s not now you have to worry, it’s May. The start has given this position and we have to go and win on Saturday.”
Regarding the fitness of some of those who started, he added: “Will Keane is obviously coming back, Emyr Huws as well, two lads that have been coming back that have been out for a long time but are doing really, really well.
“James Norwood coming back from his operation is a good sign. Flynn Downes could possibly have played but I didn’t want to take a risk with him.
“James Wilson’s come back. Kane Vincent-Young, that’s his first game in three weeks, so he’s not really done much. They’ll be better for it, that’s for sure.”
Lambert is now looking for his team to bounce back at Southend on Saturday: “That’s it, you can’t be too critical of the team, they’ve been playing at a really high standard and at a really high level. The club’s going really well but you will get bumps and bruises along the way. I’ve had them before and I’ll certainly have them again.”