Ipswich Town supporters have been reacting to the latest comments from manager Paul Lambert defending his team selection, following the Tractor Boys’ 1-0 win at Lincoln in the FA Cup first round.
Lambert left a number of Ipswich’s first team players out of the squad for the visit to League One rivals Lincoln in the FA Cup on Wednesday night, with the likes of Emyr Huws, Andre Dozzell, Will Keane, Brett McGavin and Anthony Georgiou all being given the chance to stake a claim for a regular spot in the Tractor Boys’ first team.
However, Ipswich still managed to secure a 1-0 win thanks to late winner from Alan Judge, who netted his first goal in 46 games for club and country, which saw the Lambert’s side claim a first FA Cup win in ten years to progress to the second round of the competition.
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Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times Following the game, Lambert delivered a stern response to his critics over his team selection, saying: “I changed the whole team. As I’ve said before I don’t have a strong team. I don’t have a strong 11. I believe in everybody to perform.
“I talk with the medical team who are experts on fitness and muscle injuries and I pick a team of lads who I think can get around the pitch.”
Ipswich supporters have been pointing out that these comments are similar to the ones made by Mick McCarthy towards the end of his spell in charge at Portman Road, which saw his relationship with the fans break down.
Having done so well to unite the club since taking over Lambert he should be cautious of undoing that with comments like these, which will have frustrated some of Ipswich’s fans following their win against Lincoln.
The fact that Ipswich had not won an FA Cup in ten years meant that the Tractor Boys’ supporters wanted to see a strong team be put out to give them the best chance of progression to the next round.
Here, then we take a look at how Ipswich supporters have reacted to these latest comments on social media…
Almost a Mick McCarthy type reaction a la Norwich there Stuart. As it's the fans talking about strongest team not the media. Careful Lambert. Lose the fans you lose your job.
— Matt Flude (@frimleyblue) November 20, 2019
Interesting response, that's his first bite and given that we won against a decent Lincoln side, you can understand it. He's kidding himself about the 'strong 11' comment, but so far what he's doing is working. Just hope the 'not strongest 11' are fresh and ready for Saturday.
— Cameron (@lawseyitfc) November 20, 2019
It’s an interesting response, I get that he’s exerting his authority and he can back it up with a win… if we go up I can’t imagine he’ll be going down this path in the championship though.
— Steve Lewis (@lewyitfc) November 20, 2019
Shades of Mick. Lambert put out a 2nd choice XI tonight and would have been fairly chastised if we had lost yet another cup game.
— Dermot Wickham (@HertsTimelord) November 20, 2019
I agree with him. The same people moaning about this would be the first to moan if Norwood or Jackson picked up a season changing injury in a cup game and it meant we missed out on promotion
— 1961-2017 (@BillsFanUK) November 21, 2019
Let’s Judge this after our 2 home games this week then, a number of the squad will be back in on Saturday having been “training” for the last couple of weeks, let’s hope they are fresh and not a little stale #itfc
— Dean East (@dean_east) November 21, 2019
I think he's missed the point…
Near 10 years without an FA cup win that has got fans wanting a strong team put out…
He's right that we should get some fringe players playing but our fans want to do well in the FA Cup
Calling fans clueless is an MM slippery slope…#ITFC
— Charlie Wills (@CharlieWillsD) November 21, 2019