Ipswich Town will be looking to return to winning ways in League One against Southend United at Roots Hall on Saturday afternoon.
The Tractors Boys have made a very promising start to their new season, although back-to-back defeats against Accrington Stanley and Rotherham United this week have seen them lose their place at the top of the table.
Town still have a game in hand on the new league leaders Peterborough United, but will still be determined to get back to winning ways against Southend tomorrow.
Here are two tweaks Lambert may consider for the clash at Roots Hall…
A slight change in formation
Following the 2-0 defeat to Accrington on Sunday, Lambert decided to make five changes to his starting line-up for the clash with Rotherham on Wednesday night and also changed his formation slightly – but it was a decision that backfired.
Lambert decided to go with a back four, with Cole Skuse operating at the base of a very narrow midfield diamond.
With Town trailing at the break, Lambert decided to switch to a 4-3-3, but that didn’t work out as Rotherham scored their second only three minutes after the restart.
He mixed things up again towards the end of the second half, with Town reverting to a more traditional 4-4-2, but it was too little too late.
After the game, some Ipswich fans criticised Lambert for making so many changes to the team and for experimenting with his formation.
Following back-to-back defeats, Ipswich are now under pressure to deliver a result against Southend and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Lambert revert back to the formation that has brought him so much success already this season and go with a back three.
Will Ipswich get back to winning ways in League One against Southend on Saturday?
Start James Norwood
James Norwood has been an important player for Ipswich so far this season and has already scored five goals for the club since joining from Tranmere Rovers.
The 29-year-old missed the defeat at Accrington last week after undergoing groin surgery during the international break and Town really missed his physical presence up front.
The striker came off the bench for the final 20 minutes against Rotherham on Wednesday night, but with Ipswich already 2-0 down by the time he was introduced, he struggled to make an impact.
Lambert hinted at his pre-match press conference this morning that there is a possibility that Norwood could be fit to start to the game tomorrow. If he is fit, Lambert will surely decided to start him up front alongside top scorer Kayden Jackson.