The Reaction: Lambert, Earl and Robinson react to Oxfords 1-0 victory at Portman Road
We take a look at the reaction as Town fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Oxford United. It looked only a matter of time before Paul Lambert’s side took the lead, with chances coming and going only to be hit by the sucker punch just before the break. A quick, free-flowing move left Matty Taylor with a simple finish six yards out.
After the break, Town came out and huffed and puffed without really testing Simon Eastwood in the Oxford goal. To rub salt in the wounds, Kayden Jackson was then shown a straight red card in stoppage time for a stamp on Rob Dickie.
Lambert: Same Story
Paul Lambert rued Town’s failure again to put the ball in the net as Blues went down at home to Oxford.
“It was the same story as before. We dominated the game and had four or five chances in the first-half but didn’t take them,” the Town boss told iFollow Ipswich.
“They didn’t really threaten, then scored and that gave them something to hang on to in the second-half.
“We had good positions in the second-half but Oxford defended well and it just shows that you have to take your chances when you are dominating the game. If we’d done that in the first-half, it would have been a different game.
“Our home form has got to turn as well. We have to start putting together a run of results here. I don’t care how we do it, if we have to grind it out and win ugly, so be it but we have to win games.”
When asked about Kayden Jackson’s red card, Lambert replied: “I will have to look at it on video before deciding on whether to appeal or not because I didn’t really see it,”
Earl: No one is pointing fingers
Josh Earl says that the whole team have to take responsibility after Town fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Oxford.
Speaking to iFollow Ipswich, Earl said: “Today was more frustrating because we were on top for the majority of the game.
“We were on top, we created chances but we conceded a sloppy goal just before half-time. No one is poining fingers. We’ve conceded and the attackers haven’t scored.
“They’ve had their one chance and put it away. We’ve got to be more clinical and we’ve got to defend that one chance as well.”
Robinson: These moments you appreciate
Oxford boss Karl Robinson, was understandably delighted after watching his side pick up three points at Portman Road.
“These are moments as managers you really do appreciate. I will remember this, I really will.” Robinson told Witney Gazette.
“Against the might of Ipswich we’ve managed to do a bit of a job and that’s really pleasing.”
When asked about the match winner, Matty Taylor, Robinson said: “When you get him the ball he scores goals. He’s one of those people you love to have around, because he has that capability of nicking a goal.”
“Matty should have scored his better chance in the second half and we had three or four good chances in that spell we didn’t take.
“They will rue some good chances in the first half. You know you’re going to come here and need to ride your luck at certain stages to get a result.
“I’m really pleased and I can’t ask any more from my players.”