The Reaction: Lambert on outstanding performance, Judge on his celebration and Clough has little complaints with outcome
We get the reaction as Town return to winning ways after coming from a goal down to beat Burton Albion 4-1.
The Brewers had taken an early lead through Jamie Murphy, but goals from Alan Judge and Kayden Jackson turned the game on its head before the break. The same players then got on the scoresheet after the break to give Town a convincing 4-1 victory.
Lambert: The best in my time here
Town boss Paul Lambert was unsurprisingly full of praise for his side after watching them win against Burton Albion, hailing it has the best performance in his time as Town boss.
“We were outstanding and could have won by more,” Lambert told iFollow Ipswich.
“We could have scored in the first few minutes, then they went up the other end and scored with a deflection.
“Judgey hits the bar and Kayden has a chance and you start to think ‘oh no, surely it’s not going to be like that again’ but then Judgey scores with the hardest chance of the lot and we went on from there.
“We passed the ball well, were brave on the ball and for me, that was the best performance since I’ve been here.
“I say that for many reasons. We’ve had things go against us over the last few weeks and the players had to deal with the pressure of that in front of 20,000.
“Then we go behind and that adds to it so dealing with that pressure and playing as well as they did, that’s why I say it’s the best performance. They were fantastic, every one of them and it was a performance to be really proud of.”
Judge: All about getting the win
Town goalscorer Alan Judge has explained his usual goal celebration which involved him throwing his boot in the direction of Town boss Paul Lambert.
“When my new boots came out a few weeks back, the gaffer gave me some ‘stick’ and told me not to wear them in games,” Judge told iFollow Ipswich.
“So when I scored, I threw one of the boots in his direction. It was all good banter.
“I had a word with him when I came off [substituted] as well. I wanted a hat-trick! We had a laugh about it.
“I know I can score goals and I was delighted to get a couple but today was all about getting the win.
“We could crumpled having gone a goal down but I think that is what pleased the gaffer the most, the way we responded and we played some good stuff as well.
“Now we have to build on it and take it into next week’s game against Oxford.”
Clough: Have to give Ipswich credit.
Burton boss Nigel Clough had little complaints with the outcome of the game at Portman Road, although he was disappointed with the timing and the manner of the goals conceded.
Speaking to the Burton’s official website, Clough said: “It was difficult circumstances when you lose your goalkeeper and three centre halves, but we didn’t defend anywhere near well enough. With the potent strike force they have it’s understandable but we are still disappointed with the nature of the goals we gave away.
“The turning point was just before half-time when they scored a goal straight from a goal kick. The two centre halves failed to deal with it and we end up going in 2-1 down instead of 1-1. The first half we had chances and they had chances and it could have been 3-3 but having gone ahead so early we should have at least gone in level at half-time.
“That second goal gave them a massive lift. They had been under a bit of pressure after we had got that early goal – Jamie Murphy being brilliant again – and if we had gone in at half-time level it might have given us a better chance in the second half.
“You have to give Ipswich credit as once they get an opportunity they put in great crosses and finish well. They have very good strikers and we didn’t cope with them today. If we had our first choice centre halves out we would have had a tough job, but when you lose three through injury it makes it even more difficult.”