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Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert looking for 'one win to turn the corner' as Oxford United visit Portman Road

Under-fire Blues boss Paul Lambert goes into this afternoon's home match with in-form Oxford United believing a victory can soon change the course of Ipswich Town's season.

Promotion back to the Championship was the firm aim going into the campaign but Town find themselves 11th in the Sky Bet League One table, five points off sixth-placed Accrington Stanley, having passed the half-way stage.

Following Tuesday's goalless draw at home to struggling Northampton Town, Ipswich are 18th in the form table over their last six matches. They have won one, drew two and lost three to take five points from a possible 18.

Ipswich Town host Oxford United at Portman Road this afternoonPicture: Mark Westley
Ipswich Town host Oxford United at Portman Road this afternoonPicture: Mark Westley

In contrast, eighth-placed Oxford, who are three points better off after the same number of games (26) would be top of the table on their last six matches. Karl Robinson's side have won five and lost one to record 15 points.

Lambert, who has been reported to have held showdown talks with owner Marcus Evans by FootballInsider yesterday following this week's comments about the infrastructure at the club not being right, told iFollow Ipswich: "Again, we have the belief we can go and win and it only takes one win to turn the corner.

"The results and performances have not been good enough of this time but we are only four points out with a couple of games in hand (sixth-placed Accrington's win on Wednesday means they are five points ahead of Town having also played 26 games).

"One win and hopefully it turns the corner and we can kick on.

"There is a lot of negativity and doubters and we must have to work hard and try and get through it and hopefully get that win that does turn the corner."

He added: "Listen, it is a big ship to turn around, Ipswich, without a doubt because of the size of it.

"As I have said before, nobody is happy with the results and our performances but one win can make you turn the corner and everything seems different, you just have to keep going and going and going. You never really quit; you have got to keep on."

Lambert said winger Luke Thomas should be fine to feature, having sustained a knock in Tuesday's match but the Oxford game has come too soon for fellow wideman Gwion Edwards, who is currently the club's top goalscorer with five from 17 appearances.

Like all current matches with no fans allowed in the stadiums, a live feed of this afternoon's match is available to purchase for non season-ticket holders for £10 via this link.

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