The Reaction – Lambert on ‘stonewall penalty’ and response to Woolfenden valuation

Lambert: Stonewall Penalty

The main talking point was in the first half, where Norwood was denied what looked a penalty when he was hauled to the floor and the Town boss had no doubts about the decision.

“It was a stonewall penalty,” Lambert told iFollow Ipswich.

“The referee said it was a foul initially [by Norwood] but he didn’t give it, then Norwood was fouled. Two wrongs don’t make a right though. It’s a penalty. The referee admitted it himself. 

“We were excellent though, especially in the first-half. We looked the team that was going to win the game.

“It was very difficult conditions to play in. I could see it was dangerous in front of me when the referee stopped the game. He wanted some time for the groundstaff to work on the pitch and that was fine.

“It was the right decision because supporters pay a lot of money so it was important that he gave it time to see if we could carry on.”

Speaking to EADT about the £3m valuation Sheffield United reportedly have for Luke Woolfenden, Lambert replied: “You can put another three in front of that and then I might think.

“Three million?! Three million doesn’t even buy you a flake! There’s absolutely no chance whatsoever that would ever happen.”

Huws: Played to the condtions

Another positive was another 90 minutes in for Emyr Huws. You would have to go back some time to find the last time Huws played three league games on the trot, let alone Saturday / Tuesday.

Speaking to iFollow Ipswich, Huws said: “We were on top in the first half and showed good desire throughout the 90 minutes in my opinion. I think all things considered the point is a positive one,”

“The pitch conditions in the first half were ridiculous, particularly in the middle of the park where players were slipping everywhere, so it wasn’t easy.

“Both sides were up against it but I thought we put in a smart performance. We’ve been much better since the turn of the year and this was another display that I think we can take into Tranmere at the weekend.

“Personally I’m delighted to be playing and I feel good. I want to build on it and help the team push up the league table.”

Robinson – Ref called it right

A torrential downpour saw the game suspended for 18 minutes in the first half while the groundstaff worked on the pitch to ensure the match could be completed, something Robinson praised.

“The referee was in an impossible position” Robinson told iFollow Oxford.

“Both managers, all the fans, all the players wanted to play but he said to us ‘Karl, if Ipswich score you will want this game off, Paul, if Oxford score you will want it called off. So while it’s 0-0 let’s take time to take stock for a little bit and let’s see if we can get a better playing surface’. I thought that was a very clever idea even if it was frustrating for all of us.”

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