Lambert: Young lads will be better for it

Paul Lambert had no arguments with the result but picked out some positives including Armando Dobra’s display in Town’s Carabao Cup defeat at Luton. 

The Academy graduate marked his debut with a goal late on after the Hatters had taken control with goals from Lloyd Jones, a penalty from Elliot Lee after Josh Emmanuel was judged to have brought down the scorer and a free-kick from Andrew Shinnie.

“They deserved to win but there were some really good things for us as well,” the Town boss told iFollow Ipswich.

“We’re disappointed to lose any game but we know what the bigger picture is,” he said.

“We couldn’t take a risk with our strongest side. We had to make changes because we can’t lose any more players because the league is the most important.

There will be changes again on Saturday.”

On goalscorer Dobra, who was making his first team debut, Lambert heaped praise on the youngster.

“I like the way he plays, the kid, I like the way he goes about it,” the Town boss said.

“He has no fear and I thought he was very, very good.

“He did well in Germany, as did Bailey, but they are 18-year-olds.

“It was tough because a lot of the guys hadn’t played a lot of football and there were some younger guys getting a game, but no complaints over the result,” Lambert continued.

On the penalty, Lambert wasn’t sure if the referee got the decision right, along with a few other questionable decisions throughout the night.

“I’m not sure it was a penalty (Josh Emmanuel fouled Elliot Lee) and some refereeing decisions I thought were pretty bizarre with certain things there.

“The result – ok, we lose but that’s going to happen with young players, but there are a lot of pluses with Will (Norris) getting his first game, Josh (Emmanuel) having his first game really and then Bailey (Clements) and (Armando) Dobra who I thought was very, very good.

“That was Gwion Edwards’ first hour since we came back after the summer and Robbo (Jordan Roberts) missed a fortnight through injury. Judgey playing two back-to-back is tough and Emyr Huws playing his first game in nearly two years. 

“There are a lot of good things there.

“They kept on going and we had a couple of chances. Even Andre (Dozzell) coming back is a bonus and he had a couple of chances to score. Robbo did too.

“There are some good things there and we take that.”

“The young lads will be better for it. It’s a learning curve for them. They are training to be footballers and didn’t let anyone down.”