Peterborough United were the better team admits Ipswich Town boss

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert admitted his side were beaten by the better team after Posh walloped the Tractor Boys 4-1 at Portman Road today (February 1).

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 9:48 pm
Peterborough United Manager Darren Ferguson and Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert before the match. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh leapfrogged Ipswich after an Ivan Toney penalty - his 21st goal of the season - two goals from Sammie Szmodics - one after an horrific piece of goalkeeping - and another from Siriki Dembele.

Ipswich have now failed to beat any team currently in the top eight.

“We lost to a better team, the better team beat us,” Lambert told the Ipswich Evening Star. “The goals were disappointing though.

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“The first goal was really poor because I thought we should have won the ball in the middle of the pitch.It looked like a penalty from where I was standing. No complaints with that.

“The second goal you just can’t legislate for that. It was a big moment in the game.

“When you make a mistake as a goalkeeper it tends to lead to a goal.

“We changed it half-time and started the second half not too bad, but for the third goal Will (Keane) controls it great in the middle of the pitch and then the pass just gets cut out and they score a good goal. That puts you on the back foot.

“The fourth one was kind of similar to the third one. We kept going and got the penalty, whether that was a penalty I don’t know.

“I’ve said to the lads that they are five points from the top and there are still 15 games to go. There is a hell of a lot of football to be played. “I said they shouldn’t be too downbeat. Be downbeat by today’s game, definitely, but you’re five points off the top. There’s nothing in it and a hell of a lot of games to be played.

“What’s put us in this position is the whole season, not just games against the top six/eight teams.

“It’s a difficult league and you ain’t going to get it all your way. If it was that easy then a massive club like Sunderland would have done it last season. You have to take the bumps with it.

“Five points is nothing really. That can easily be brought back.”

The final whistle today was accompanied by loud boos from many in a 21,000+ crowd.