Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has given his thoughts on the League One promotion places ahead of his side’s fixture with Oxford United on Saturday.
Rewind back to the end of January and Ipswich sat in the automatic promotion places in League One, but a run of four games without a victory had since seen them drop out of the play-off places.
Bouncing back last weekend against Burton Albion, Ipswich ran out 4-1 winners but remained one point behind sixth placed Portsmouth.
Having played two more games than Pompey – and Lambert knows his side must produce a consistent run of wins in the next couple of weeks.
Coming up against Oxford on Saturday, Ipswich will meet a side sat tenth in the League One table and looking to potentially produce a play-off chase.
Speaking ahead of his side’s game at Portman Road as quoted on Ipswich’s official website, Lambert has discussed his side’s chances of gaining promotion.
“There is a long way to go yet, a lot of football to be played. We had a good win against Burton last week and now we have to build on it.
“It looks like it will go down to the wire because things are changing every week in the top six but we are in a good position.
“The top two was the target when we started the season and it still is. We’ll see what happens.”
Having played 32 games in the league already this season, Lambert has guided the club to 14 wins, 11 draws and eight defeats.
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Ipswich have been poor since the turn of the season and Lambert has come under a wave of criticism, but a win against Oxford to follow up the victory over Burton will go some way to stop any further discussions over his role at the club.
The race for promotion in League One is mouth watering at present, and looks increasingly likely to go down to the wire, as Lambert discusses.
The automatic promotion places do look likely to go to Rotherham and Coventry, who continue to be impressive.