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Luke Matheson and Troy Parrott impress Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert on debut against Blackpool




Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert thought Luke Matheson and Troy Parrott had an excellent impact as the pair made their debuts in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Blackpool, writes Jacob Henderson.

It ended a run of three straight defeats on Suffolk soil and moved the Blues back up to 10th in the Sky Bet League One table, still four points off a play-off place ahead of travelling to fourth-placed Peterborough United tomorrow (7pm).

Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Matheson played the full 90 minutes at Portman Road, while Parrott, who arrived on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, also started but departed in the second half as goals from Alan Judge and Luke Woolfenden saw Blues to victory.

Luke Woolfenden celebrates scoring a header with his team-mates in Ipswich Town's 2-0 home victory over BlackpoolPicture: ITFC
Luke Woolfenden celebrates scoring a header with his team-mates in Ipswich Town's 2-0 home victory over BlackpoolPicture: ITFC

Josh Harrop, who is on loan from Preston for the remainder of the season, also made his debut as a second-half substitute, following completing his 10-day isolation period for a positive Covid-19 test.

"I thought we were very good," Lambert told iFollow Ipswich.

"We created plenty of chances, and could have had one more in the first half as Freddie's (Sears) goal that was ruled out was actually onside.

"Some of the football was good and Parrott did really well up front. He showed some excellent movement and footwork.

"If he progresses the way I think he will then Tottenham could have a very good player on their hands.

"Then Luke was also excellent. He doesn't look old enough to ride a scooter but he is a diamond of a kid.

"He got better as the game went on and did a really good job for us today. I'm really pleased with how the pair performed.

"Josh is also an exciting one. We didn't see too much of him today but when he gets some more game time we will see the best of him."

Meanwhile, Judge – who has been named in the Sky Bet League One team of the week for his display – said he was delighted with his finish as he opened the scoring.

The Irish midfielder described the victory - with goals either side of hal-time - as a 'professional performance'.

Alan Judge wheels away after opening the scoring in Ipswich Town's 2-0 home victory over BlackpoolPicture: ITFC
Alan Judge wheels away after opening the scoring in Ipswich Town's 2-0 home victory over BlackpoolPicture: ITFC

Judge fired in Town's first two minutes before half-time after collecting a long pass from Myles Kenlock and drilling the ball into the bottom corner from just outside the penalty area.

"I think it was a complete and professional performance," he told iFollow Ipswich.

"We never really looked like we were under too much pressure and we got what we deserved today.

"It's nice to get on the score sheet of course. We've been working on those runs and it's good to see what we've been working on in training applied in a game.

"The amount of space I had took me by surprise to be honest, but I was pleased with the finish.

"We saw the game out well and could have had a couple more really.

"I know fans will be sick of hearing this and that, so we'll just take this result as a good one and do our best and work hard in the next one."

* See the full interview with Paul Lambert on the club's subscription service, iFollow Ipswich.

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