'˜We weren't under threat' from Wigan Athletic, admits Ipswich Town boss

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert reckoned his side were good value for the win against a Wigan Athletic side he admitted didn't pose much of a threat.

Sunday, 16th December 2018, 9:54 am
Updated Sunday, 16th December 2018, 10:58 am
Gary Roberts in action at Ipswich

The Tractor Boys were without a home win all season, but secured the points thanks to a deflected goal from Freddie Sears midway through the second period.

Wigan struggled to get to grips to the conditions or the opposition, with two efforts from right-back Reece James - one which hit the bar, and one which was saved by Dean Gerkin - the closest they came.

“I had a feeling our first win would be a scrappy one because we have been playing so well and dominating the ball, dominating games,” Lambert said.

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“Sometimes you get games where you have to put your shoulder in and see things through.

“I thought we did that and defending-wise we were excellent.

“The conditions were horrendous - I think anybody would like to play in the rain, but the wind doesn’t make anything good.

“In the first half I thought we were dominant on the ball and weren’t under threat, really, and in the second we had to defend strong given the conditions.

“Deano has made a great save (a James free-kick) but the actual game, overall it was probably one of the best since I’ve been here.

“We have deserved more and have played really well in a lot of games and walked away with nothing, drawing when we should have won.

“The level of performance the lads have given me, I can’t ask for any more.

“We have to go again next week now.”