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Paul Lambert left in disbelief at decisions as Ipswich Town exit FA Cup in extra-time to fellow League One side Portsmouth




"The performance was really good and the guys gave us everything and we lose but we lose to incredible decisions."

Paul Lambert was left in disbelief as the match officials were once again the talking point in Ipswich Town's 3-2 defeat to Portsmouth in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup, writes Jacob Henderson.

Sean Raggett tapped in from close range for Pompey in the 111th minute at Portman Road on Saturday, but was clearly offside following Rasmus Nicolaisen's flick.

Manager Paul Lambert is left fuming at the decisions which went against Ipswich Town in their 3-2 FA Cup extra-time defeat to PortsmouthPicture: ITFC (43033189)
Manager Paul Lambert is left fuming at the decisions which went against Ipswich Town in their 3-2 FA Cup extra-time defeat to PortsmouthPicture: ITFC (43033189)

Oli Hawkins also appeared to be dragged to the ground in the Portsmouth penalty area early in the second half, but referee Andy Haines waved play on.

Two early goals for the visitors put them in control, but a Jon Nolan strike just before half-time and James Norwood's first goal of the season in the second half saw Blues take the tie to extra-time.

"It's [the offside] there for everybody to see," Paul told iFollow Ipswich.

"He's offside by a mile. Then the penalty incident in the second half - that would've not looked out of place at Murrayfield.

"We've got every right to be angry. They need to look at these decisions because it's not right. It's not a case of fine margins either, it's absolutely blatant.

"The guys deserve credit because they came back. We played particularly well in the second half."

Meanwhile, Janoi Donacien thought Town were hard done by.

"It's the toughest one I've had to take in a while," the Town defender told iFollow Ipswich.

"We fought well to come back and then at the end we just felt like there was nothing we could do.

"I had a good view of the challenge on Oli in the second half as well. It was a clear penalty, he dragged him down - you could even hear it.

"When you don't get that decision you're not surprised at what happens at the end to be honest.

"It's a real shame."

See the full interviews with both on the club's premium subscription service iFollow.