Gre­gory dou­ble blow for Lam­bert

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Oliver Carter

NEW Ip­swich boss Paul Lam­bert watched from the stands as Lee Gre­gory’s two goals in­spired Mill­wall to an easy win at the Den.

Gre­gory’s two close-range strikes and a longer-range ef­fort by Ryan Leonard gave the hosts their third home win in a row.

The Trac­tor Boys have won only once all sea­son, a dis­as­trous run that has dumped them at the foot of the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble and cost Paul Hurst his job on Thurs­day.

But even the pres­ence of his suc­ces­sor in the stand could not in­spire Town to avoid a fourth de­feat in five games.

Lam­bert, once the man­ager of Ip­swich’s great ri­vals, Norwich City, will take over from care­taker Bryan Klug next week.

And he will know there is a lot of work to do. Ip­swich were tooth­less in at­tack and brit­tle in de­fence, con­ced­ing twice from set-plays. Yet they bethings gan the game by play­ing some tidy foot­ball, with 19-year-old Flynn Downes see­ing plenty of the ball.

How­ever, they could not find the fi­nal pass that it de­served, and Mill­wall rode out the storm and be­gan to get on top.

Leonard saw his vol­ley from 18 yards miss by inches af­ter he had chested down a clear­ance.

The goal Mill­wall had been threat­en­ing ar­rived af­ter 26 min­utes. No Ip­swich de­fender took charge when Jake Cooper nod­ded back Shaun Williams’ cor­ner from the left, and Gre­gory pounced on the loose ball to score from three yards.

A sec­ond Mill­wall goal had to come and this time it was a long throw-in by Leonard af­ter 50 min­utes that was nod­ded on by Cooper for Gre­gory to flick home from close range.

Ip­swich skip­per Luke Cham­bers handed them the third af­ter 70 min­utes when he col­lided with keeper Bar­tosz Bialkowski as both went for a cross, giv­ing Leonard the chance to chip the ball into an empty net from 22 yards.

Trevoh Chalobah went close for the vis­i­tors two min­utes from time with an an­gled shot that hit the near post, the clos­est they came all af­ter­noon to an ef­fort on tar­get.

Care­taker boss Klug in­sists Lam­bert saw ex­actly why they are bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship.

“Paul was at the game. We train to­mor­row and the work starts. He will see things that he can grow and he will see that he can erad­i­cate,” he said.

“A lot is bla­tantly ob­vi­ous. I think for the play­ers a clean slate is what they want. They re­alise they have a man­ager with an ex­pe­ri­enced eye so they have got to im­press him.

“The game would show all our prob­lems and all our short­com­ings. I thought we were in the game, but Mill­wall al­ways car­ried a much big­ger threat than us.”

Mill­wall boss Neil Har­ris said: “I think that has been due with our per­for­mances, although that wasn’t our best.

“We could have played bet­ter when we were 3-0 up but I don’t give a damn about that – I wanted a clean sheet and the de­fend­ers and team wanted a clean sheet.”

PIC­TURE: PSI/Ian Stephen

STARTER: Mill­wall striker Lee Gre­gory scores the open­ing goal

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