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Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert expecting tough time with pitch at Peterborough United




Paul Lambert said he doesn't expect tonight's game at Peterborough United (7pm) to be 'one for the purists'.

The 10th-placed Blues face fourth-placed Posh with snowfall anticipated in the region all the way up until kick-off, and temperatures set to be just below freezing.

But the Cambridgeshire club are confident the game will go ahead with covers currently protecting the pitch at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert declared himself happy with his side's performance in the 1-0 home defeat to Peterborough UnitedPicture: ITFC
Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert declared himself happy with his side's performance in the 1-0 home defeat to Peterborough UnitedPicture: ITFC

It is a surface that has already come in for criticism from opposing managers though, with a burst water main just before Christmas leaving a build-up of water just beneath the playing surface.

Town, off the back of Saturday's 2-0 home win over Blackpool, will be looking to reverse a worrying run against sides occupying top 10 positions.

Indeed, they are yet to win a game against a top seven side after eight matches this season, including a 1-0 reverse at home to tonight's opponents last month.

Jonson Clarke-Harris sends a first half penalty over the crossbar for Peterborough United against Ipswich Town at Portman RoadPicture: ITFC
Jonson Clarke-Harris sends a first half penalty over the crossbar for Peterborough United against Ipswich Town at Portman RoadPicture: ITFC

"We're expecting a really hard game," Lambert told iFollow Ipswich.

"I don't think it's going to be one for the purists as Peterborough's pitch is pretty cut up. We'll see what it's like but it sounds like they've had a few things that have made it difficult.

"I'm not sure what the weather will be like as well, so that will obviously add to it.

"If we want to be in the mix we need to go there and try to win, though. We had a good game against them a few weeks ago and went down to a moment of misfortune, so let's see what happens."

Captain Luke Chambers, who found himself on the bench on Saturday to make way for new loan signing Luke Matheson, is expected to return to the starting line-up.

But striker Kayden Jackson is unavailable again as he serves the last game of his three match suspension for his early red card against Sunderland.

Lambert's side are currently four points off a play-off place and nine points off the top two, but with games in hand on most of the sides above them.

Peterborough go into the match off the back of Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra and looking to do the double over Town.

But boss Darren Ferguson told Posh's website: “I don’t think the game at Portman Road will have any bearing on Tuesday night’s fixture, in fact I would expect it to be far more open than that particular meeting.

"Ipswich have had some decent results of late, I watched them against Crewe and they were very good and they got a good win on Saturday so they will be confident coming here, but we have a good home record and the lads are in a good place."

He is expecting to have defender Frankie Kent available, despite being forced off in the second half of the win over Crewe.

"Frankie (Kent) hasn’t done any damage to his hamstring, we got it scanned and it was fine, so it might have just been fatigue,” Ferguson said.

* Town's trip to face Posh will be available to watch live on iFollow Ipswich with a £10 match pass. For more information click here.

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