Ipswich maintained their perfect League One home record this season following a determined win over Shrewsbury Town at Portman Road yesterday.
Paul Lambert’s men have collected just seven points from their six matches away from home, but their immaculate home form, which has now stretched to six victories on the bounce, means that only goal-difference is now keeping the Tractor Boys outside of the automatic promotion places.
But Ipswich did it the hard way after Oliver Norburn’s early penalty, which saw the New Meadow outfit lead until the latter stages before Ethan Ebanks-Landell gave the hosts a helping hard by turning into his own yet.
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And deep into stoppage-time, Jack Lankester found himself in the right place from close-range to an complete an unlikely late turnaround, and a crucial one for Lambert, who’d found himself under pressure after three consecutive defeats.
However, the Ipswich boss lost both Jon Nolan and Teddy Bishop to injury and provided a worrying update on the duo, plus revealed why the likes of Oli Hawkins, Gwion Edwards and James Wilson all missed out.
“Jon’s was his groin,” Lambert told Ipswich’s official website. “That’s football, though, this is what happens when you’re playing game after game in a short space of time.
“Teddy’s injured his ankle. It looks a bad one, but we will have to wait and see on both him and Jon.
“Gwion won’t be ready for Tuesday. He picked up a hamstring injury on Tuesday.
“We’ll have to wait and see with Oli, he had a little problem with his knee, but he’s doing better and hopefully he’ll be available on Tuesday. James Wilson won’t be available, though. He hurt his knee on Tuesday. He’ll be out.”
After recent defeats, it was a much-needed three points for Lambert, but it’s come at some cost.
And with crucial games against two of Ipswich’s promotion rivals Hull City and Charlton in the coming days, it appears that he could be without a host of key players – although the return of Oli Hakwins would be a timely boost for the Tractor Boys.