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'It won't happen overnight' - Paul Lambert's warning after winning his first point as Ipswich manager

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert picked up a point in his first game in charge Photo: ITV Anglia

Paul Lambert's reign as Ipswich Town manager has started with a home point against Preston but he's warned fans, "It won't happen overnight"

Freddie Sears's first half penalty ended the Blues' recent goal drought. But their hopes of a first win were denied by substitute Paul Gallagher's free kick eighteen minutes from time.

Preston finished with ten men after goalkeeper Chris Maxwell was dismissed for two bookable offences.

With the visitors already fielding their three subs before Maxwell's red card, Gallagher took over in goal and produced a brilliant save to deny Town sub Danny Rowe late on.

Despite his three years in charge of Norwich from 2009, Lambert enjoyed the reception he received at Portman Road, although the attendance was slightly over 15,000.

"I loved the atmosphere. Brilliant atmosphere.

"If you look to the team it's had a really hard time the last couple of months, and a lot of negativity to an extent.

"But I think it was a fantastic atmosphere, right from the off.

"It won't happen overnight, I know that myself. I've come in at the start of November really.

"But regarding the way we played, the commitment, the drive, everything that you'd ask a football team to do. they gave it."

– Paul Lambert, Ipswich Town Manager

Jordan Roberts earned Ipswich the penalty after chasing down Maxwell's attempted clearance when he was put under pressure with a poor back pass.

It was Roberts first Ipswich start since joining from Crawley Town in the summer, but Lambert chose to play the midfielder in attack.

"With Jordan, we needed a focal point, and we needed someone with a bit of strength and I thought he was outstanding.

"He's not played for a long time but he was absolutely fantastic.

"It was really difficult to pick a side because the training's been excellent. They've done everything I've asked of them.

"It's a building block and we'll do everything we can to build on that."

– Paul Lambert, Ipswich Town Manager

Paul Lambert gives his reaction to ITV Anglia Sports Correspondent Donovan Blake following his first game in charge of Ipswich Town