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