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'We can stay up' says Ipswich manager Paul Lambert despite losing at Middlesbrough

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert Photo: ITV Anglia

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert still believes the addition of a few 'experienced' players in January will help them avoid relegation from the SkyBet EFL Championship.

The Blues stay bottom, seven points short of safety after losing at Middlesbrough. It was their fourth away defeat in a row without scoring.

Jordan Hugill's penalty put the hosts in front shortly before half time, with Marcus Tavernier adding 'Boro's second eighteen minutes from time.

But an excellent save from Darren Randolph denied Trevor Chalobah from scoring first for Ipswich.

"I thought the way we played was excellent. They have one player on the bench (Britt Assombalonga) who cost more than our entire team.

"Football wise, we were absolutely brilliant. But we need to be more clinical in the final third.

"If we get a few in, and I think we need a little bit of help, we will be okay. Football wise, they have been excellent for me - I can't ask any more.

"I have got their backs 100 per cent, and the crowd is with us. We need a bit more help, and a bit more experience. We need a few in.

"But the way we are playing, I think we can stay up. We need a little bit of help, but the crowd is right behind us and the players are giving their all."

– Paul Lambert, Ipswich Town manager