Ipswich Town head coach Paul Lambert has told the club website that their performance in today’s 4-0 defeat against Preston North End was unacceptable.

The Tractor Boys have already been relegated from the Sky Bet Championship but were hoping to salvage some pride in their last few games in the division. That did not happen today. It was always looking bad when Callum Robinson scored after just six minutes and it got worse when he added another to his tally around 15 minutes later. Lukas Nmecha then took over in the second half, scoring twice to make today a miserably one for Ipswich.

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Lambert was angry about the performance, declaring it unacceptable. But he did say that this team doesn’t deserve to be judged on this performance alone and said that he felt that the fact of relegation weighed heavy on them going into this game.

He said: “We never turned up. We didn’t do the basics and they were better all over the pitch,”

“That performance wasn’t acceptable. The players know that. I don’t need to tell them. We’ve had fans travel a long way and they deserve better than that.”

“Maybe the reality of relegation has set in and affected some of them. Up until the end we were chasing everything because we were still in the fight so there might have been a reaction to last week.”

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“We can’t let the season just go though. We have to work until the end. We didn’t work anywhere near hard enough today.”

“It wasn’t good enough from the first minute. It was the most disappointing performance since I’ve been here but what I would say is that don’t judge the team just on that 90 minutes.”

“I know it’s easy to do that but every game, we have been right in the fight. That wasn’t the case today.”

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