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Ipswich Town 1-1 Preston North End: Paul Lambert ends first game in charge with draw

Preston North End goalkeeper Chris Maxwell had never been sent off prior to their game against Ipswich Town
Preston North End goalkeeper Chris Maxwell had never been sent off prior to their game against Ipswich Town

Paul Lambert's first game in charge of Ipswich Town ended in a draw against fellow Championship strugglers Preston - who played the final 15 minutes and stoppage time with striker Paul Gallagher in goal.

Freddie Sears gave the hosts the lead from the spot just before half-time when North End goalkeeper Chris Maxwell brought down Jordan Roberts.

Gallagher levelled for the visitors from a free-kick soon after he was brought off the bench, but Preston were reduced to 10 men soon after when Maxwell was dismissed for a second yellow card.

As Alex Neil's side had made all three substitutions, Gallagher was forced to go in goal but Ipswich failed to find a way past him.

Ipswich appointed former Norwich City boss Lambert as manager after sacking Paul Hurst and the Scot watched from the stands as they were beaten by Millwall last time around.

However, his side remain bottom of the Championship following the result and are still five points adrift of Preston, who are outside the bottom three on goal difference courtesy of Gallagher's second-half equaliser.

Their task at Portman Road was made harder when Maxwell was dismissed for a second caution after bringing down Kayden Jackson but they held on to take home a point.

Ipswich manager Paul Lambert:

"I thought we were excellent. I couldn't have asked for any more from the players.

"I thought we needed a focal point today and Jordan Robert was outstanding.

"I'm really proud of the team and what they gave us. The football club has had a hard time over the past couple of months but the fans showed today they're right behind the team."

Preston North End manager Alex Neil:

"If anything the red card galvanised us and we probably had the best chance of the game after that with the chance for Lukas late on.

"I wanted to put Louis in goal but Gally (Gallagher) fancied it and seemed to fancy himself as a goalkeeper. We got a corner and I wanted to bring him out because he's got the best delivery at the club but he did well.

"We are disappointed we haven't got more out of the last few games. I felt we should have won against Rotherham and I felt today we had the chances to win it."

Line-ups

Ipswich

Formation 4-3-3

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 12Spence
  • 4ChambersBooked at 36mins
  • 5PenningtonBooked at 90mins
  • 3Knudsen
  • 8Skuse
  • 6Chalobah
  • 21DownesSubstituted forDozzellat 84'minutes
  • 7EdwardsBooked at 51minsSubstituted forRoweat 77'minutes
  • 19RobertsSubstituted forJacksonat 74'minutes
  • 20SearsBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Donacien
  • 9Jackson
  • 17Rowe
  • 23Dozzell
  • 25Edun
  • 36Lankester

Preston

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22MaxwellBooked at 75mins
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 6Davies
  • 3Earl
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMoultat 62'minutes
  • 4PearsonBooked at 57mins
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forNmechaat 71'minutes
  • 8BrowneSubstituted forGallagherat 72'minutes
  • 7Robinson
  • 24Maguire

Substitutes

  • 1Rudd
  • 2Fisher
  • 9Moult
  • 12Gallagher
  • 14Storey
  • 21Barker
  • 45Nmecha
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
15,129

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Preston North End 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Preston North End 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Spence (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andre Dozzell with a cross following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Ben Davies.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Louis Moult (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lukas Nmecha with a headed pass.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Booking

    Matthew Pennington (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Pennington (Ipswich Town).

  11. Post update

    Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Post update

    Delay in match Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Ben Pearson.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Ipswich Town. Danny Rowe tries a through ball, but Freddie Sears is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Rowe (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Spence (Ipswich Town).

  18. Post update

    Callum Robinson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Andre Dozzell replaces Flynn Downes.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Joshua Earl.