MX23RW : Saturday, October 31 13:37:41| >> :600:751502:751502:
Sep 5, 2020 at 3pm UK at Portman Road
IpswichIpswich Town
Bristol RoversBristol Rovers
Sears (29', 68'), Chambers (44')
Dozzell (24'), Woolfenden (73')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Grant (86')

Paul Lambert delighted with Ipswich display in EFL Cup

Paul Lambert delighted with Ipswich display in EFL Cup
© Reuters
Town saw off Bristol Rovers 3-0 in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

Ipswich manager Paul Lambert said there were "so many good things" about his team's display in their 3-0 Carabao Cup first-round victory against Bristol Rovers.

Two well-taken goals from Freddie Sears either side of skipper Luke Chambers' header from a corner comfortably saw the Blues into the second round.

In an empty Portman Road due to current Covid-19 restrictions on spectators, the Town boss was delighted with his team's performance.

"The football was incredible. Incredible movement off the ball, the goals were excellent I thought," he said.

"The football we played was excellent against a good side, they've got good movement, but delighted with how we played."

Lambert praised 22-year-old debutant Aaron Drinan for his performance as the central striker in a front three.

"He deserved the chance," he said. "As I've said before, show me what you've got in pre-season and if I like it then you've got a chance. I thought the lad was great.

"But there were so many good things today. So many guys came to the fore and it was an all-round team performance which I thought was very, very good.

"The midfield three's movement was excellent, going beyond, going short, the link-up play, playing one-touch, two touch football was excellent.

"And I thought Freddie [Sears], [Alan] Judge caused them no end of problems.

"It's not great without supporters, but hopefully we can get them back as quickly as we can and as safe as we can."

Bristol Rovers boss Ben Garner felt his side paid the price for not taking their opportunities.

He said: "They took their chances. We made mistakes and got punished and we didn't take ours. The goals gave them confidence and knocked us a little bit.

"We created four or five really good chances and didn't take them. You can't do that. We have to be better in both boxes, we have to be more resolute but we also have to be more clinical at the other end.

"At 1-0, we missed a great chance, which ties the game, at 2-0 down, we miss a great chance which gets us back into the game. Even late on, with chances and opportunities to build pressure on them, we didn't take them – and that's the fine lines of football.

"There's positives in there. I think the first goal knocked us out of our stride a little bit and we need to be tougher mentally than that. We need to commit to the way we're going to play and keep doing it.

"There were some really good parts to the game and there were some decent individual performances in there but we need to put that all together very quickly and make sure that we're getting strong performances and good results."


Click here for more stories about Paul Lambert

Click here for more stories about Bristol Rovers

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Coventry City manager Mark Robins pictured on January 14, 2020
Read Next:
League One team-by-team review of the 2019-20 season so far
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Premier League
Six Nations
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Primeira Liga
League One
League Two
National League
National League North
National League South
Scottish Cup
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Norwegian Eliteserien
Danish Superliga
Finnish Veikkausliiga
NIFL Premiership
Welsh Premier League
Belarusian Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
Ligue 2
Eerste Divisie
Major League Soccer
Argentine Primera Division
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
Chinese Super League
J1 League
Rugby Championship
1Lincoln CityLincoln9711145922
2Hull City9702157821
3Ipswich TownIpswich9612157819
4Peterborough UnitedPeterborough9612148619
7Charlton AthleticCharlton851295416
8Plymouth ArgylePlymouth94321311215
9Doncaster RoversDoncaster8413159613
10Fleetwood TownFleetwood9414118313
11AFC Wimbledon93331111012
12Accrington StanleyAccrington7403910-112
13Bristol Rovers8323912-311
16Crewe AlexandraCrewe831487110
17MK Dons92251012-28
19Wigan AthleticWigan9216614-87
20Northampton TownNorthampton9216718-117
21Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury813458-36
22Swindon TownSwindon7205913-46
23Oxford UnitedOxford Utd7205814-66
24Burton Albion91351118-76

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!