Ipswich Town’s poor run of form in League One continued last night as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Fleetwood Town at Portman Road.
After failing to deliver the goods against Oxford United and Blackpool in recent weeks, the Tractor Boys would have been hoping to get their season back on track by beating the Trawlermen.
However, another tepid display in-front of their supporters resulted in Ipswich dropping more points in their quest for the play-offs.
Ched Evans scored what turned out to be the winning goal for Fleetwood in the 40th minute as he fired past goalkeeper Tomas Holy.
Following the break, Freddie Sears, Jon Nolan and Tyreece Simpson all threatened to level up proceedings for Ipswich.
However, the Tractor Boys were unable to breakdown a resilient Fleetwood side who were able to hold on to seal all three points on their travels.
With the dust having now settled from this clash, here are three things we clearly learnt about Ipswich after their latest defeat.
They must improve their home form if they are to have any chance of reaching the play-offs
Whilst Ipswich currently possess the second-best away record in League One, their home form has been dreadful this season.
Having only managed to amass 23 points from a possible 48 on offer at Portman Road, the Tractor Boys are now facing an uphill battle to secure a top-six finish in May.
If manager Paul Lambert cannot find a solution to the club’s woes at home, his side will almost certainly be playing their football in the third-tier for the 2020/21 campaign.
Saturday’s showdown with Coventry City is now a must-win
When you consider that Ipswich are already six points adrift of the play-off places, they simply have to win their game against Coventry City this weekend as a failure to do so could effectively kill off their hopes of promotion.
However, with the Sky Blues currently flying under the guidance of Mark Robins, the Tractor Boys will have to be on top-form in-front of their own supporters if they are to achieve a positive result.
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Given just how disappointing his side were during last night’s defeat against Ipswich, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Lambert opts to make a number of changes to his starting eleven for this upcoming fixture.
Marcus Evans’ decision to hand Lambert a new deal may have been an error
Following a superb start to the season which saw Ipswich climb up to the top of the League One standings, Lambert was rewarded with a new five-year contract by owner Marcus Evans in January.
Having achieved promotion from this division with Norwich in 2010, the Ipswich boss would have been hoping to replicate this feat at Portman Road this season.
However, the Tractor Boys have won just four games in the third-tier since handing Lambert a fresh deal and thus it could be argued that Evans may have made an error in judgement when it comes to the Scotsman’s future.