Ipswich Town go into tomorrow’s clash with Burton Albion having won only three games since November.
They’ve only scored once in four matches, that being a penalty by James Norwood. Creatively, they’re struggling and it is reflected in their league position. They’re seventh, outside the play-off places, and go into the fixture on the back of a 0-0 draw with struggling Wimbledon.
They’ve played more games than the sides around them and promotion is looking less likely with each shot-shy outing.
It’s a problem Paul Lambert has recognised though; he’s told the official club Twitter account that his side needs to be more ruthless. “You can have all the possession you want but we’ve got to score,” said the former Norwich City manager. “We’ve got to be more ruthless in front of goal.”
They’ve only scored more than two goals on two occasions since the start of November; winning 4-1 against Accrington Stanley in a rare avalanche of goals and losing 5-3 at Lincoln City.
Desperate improvement is needed is the fading play-off challenge is to be sustained, but with Portsmouth, Oxford, Coventry and Fleetwood making up four of their next seven opponents, improvement will have to come fast.
One or two fans on Twitter have reacted to Lambert’s words, not completely convinced the Scot is the man to take them forward.
WELL DO IT THEN
— Zac (@zacitfc) February 14, 2020
One player who's impressed me last 2 games is Donacien, sure his first touch needs sharpening but he was constantly getting forward at Accrington, definitely putting the most effort in as well as some decent crosses.
You'll drop him for Edwards though.
— Cameron (@lawseyitfc) February 14, 2020
haven’t heard this before
— ً (@niallitfc) February 14, 2020
Something about this sounds familiar…
— Jonathan Taylor (@JonTaylor71) February 14, 2020
Attacking football? Flair players? Dominating games? Is this guy high as a kite? Don't remember seeing any of this at last few matches? Bossed a very, very shitty Wimbledon but even then there was no attack. Na mate, you want the support you better bloody start earning it ?
— ITFCmark (@CmarkItf) February 14, 2020
& in other news : water is wet !!
— Gary burch (@freesparkles) February 14, 2020
Hopefully storm Dennis blows lambert away that’d be for the best
— Paul Milner (@swadlad) February 14, 2020