Paul Lambert makes a return to Stoke with bottom of the table Ipswich Town

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Former Stoke city boss Paul Lambert makes his return to the Bet 365 stadium with an Ipswich side currently languishing at the foot of the Championship.

In May of last year, Lambert was dismissed from his role at the Potteries side after having only been in charge for four months.

Lambert was unable to change Stoke’s fortunes last season and now finds himself in a similar predicament at Portman Road, with Ipswich having won just one game all season.

But the former Potters boss is looking forward to making a return.

“Absolutely loved my time at Stoke, the coaches, players and everyone around the club were brilliant and the players gave it everything, “he said.

“We were so close and probably a penalty away from staying up.

“We went to Leicester and played ever so well and drew 1-1, West Ham was incredible and we drew 1-1 there and they scored in the last minute and went Anfield and got a really good draw.

“We fell short, but effort wise the players like Crouch, Bruno, Joel, and Eric they all worked brilliant with me.

“The fans were excellent as well. It’s a brilliant club, and I’m really looking forward to coming back.”

Cole Skuse has been ruled out with a knee injury he suffered in training but Lambert believes he has the players to cope.

“It’s a blow but hopefully he’s not out for too long.

“It gives somebody else an opportunity to come in.

“When you lose one of your most experienced players that’s when it becomes a blow.

After having observed Ipswich’s youth prospects, Lambert praised young goalkeeper Harry Wright who has been in and around the first team recently.

“He’s very good with the ball at his feet but he’s still growing, he’s still developing.

“He’s trained with us a few times and has never let himself down.

“I think it’s important for them (young players) to come up and see what it’s like to train with the first team.”

Following Tuesday’s AGM, the Ipswich manager was full of understanding for the supporters’ current frustrations.

“You can feel that bit of animosity towards everything but that’s what happens when things aren’t going right.

“You’ve got to give the fans a lot of credit though because they keep coming and coming.

“It’s their club as well and they’re as important as anyone else.”

 

 

 

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