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Opposition Report: Ipswich Town

A Brief Look At The Tractor Boys

27 February 2020

Ipswich Town visit Bloomfield Road on Saturday, looking to cement a place in the top six come the end of the season.

Paul Lambert’s side, who were one of the clear favourites for promotion at the start of the season, have gone off the boil lately picking up just one victory in their last six league games. The Tractor Boys sit in ninth position coming into the fixture, three points outside of the play-off places.

Ipswich’s away form has been the stumbling block of late, having picked up just one league win on the road since the start of November.

The striking partnership of Kayden Jackson and James Norwood have proved costly to many opposition teams so far this season however, with the duo scoring 22 goals between them to date. Jackson, signed from Accrington Stanley in the summer of 2018, also has seven assists to his name.

An entertaining 2-2 draw at Portman Road back in November saw Blackpool and Ipswich settle for a point apiece. Ipswich led though Gwion Edwards early goal, before Joe Nuttall and Jay Spearing got the goals for the Seasiders, with Luke Garbutt firing home a penalty to rescue a point for the hosts.

Last Three Results:

22/2/20 – Ipswich Town 0-1 Oxford United

15/2/20 – Ipswich Town 4-1 Burton Albion

11/2/20 – AFC Wimbledon 0-0 Ipswich Town

The Manager: Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert joined Ipswich in October 2018, becoming the first ever manager to manage both Norwich City and Ipswich Town. The Tractor Boys were in a real relegation dogfight in the Championship when Lambert joined, with the Club eventually suffering relegation to League One, with just five league wins to their name all season.

Lambert has had previous in getting promotion out of League One before, taking arch rivals Norwich from League One to the Premier League in consecutive seasons back in 2010 and 2011.

As well as the two East Anglian club’s Lambert has managed the likes of Wycombe Wanderers, Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers. He has also played for the likes of Celtic and Borussia Dortmund, winning the 1997 Champions League during his time in Germany.

The Star Man: Flynn Downes

21-year-old Flynn Downes is a product of the Ipswich Town Academy, and has become an integral part of Paul Lambert’s squad. The midfielder played 30 times for Ipswich last season in the Championship, and is now one of the first names on the team sheet this season. Downes has scored two goals from midfield this season against both Shrewsbury Town and Tranmere Rovers.


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