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Bartosz Białkowski: Ipswich Town goalkeeper accuses former boss Hurst of showing 'disrespect'

Bartosz Białkowski is back in the Ipswich team. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Białkowski has accused former boss Paul Hurst of showing him "disrespect" by dropping him from the team earlier this season.

The Polish stopper, who has won Town's Player of the Season award for the past three years, was demoted to the bench for September's East Anglian Derby at Portman Road, with Dean Gerken favoured instead.

Talking to the press ahead of Friday's upcoming clash against West Brom, Białkowski said he only found out about Hurst's decision in the dressing room before the game.

Białkowski has since been restored to the starting line-up following Hurst's sacking last month, and has played both games under new manager Paul Lambert.

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"The manager just read the team out in the dressing room, so that's the way I found out," Białkowski said.

"If he wanted to drop me, that's fine with me, but at least have the bravery to tell me about it.

"He never spoke to me. I just thought it was a bit disrespectful."