FORMER Celtic skipper Paul Lambert watched rock-bottom Ipswich crash 2-0 to ex-team Stoke City – and insisted his side had been “brilliant”.

The Championship strugglers are now anchored at the foot of the table and the ex-Scotland captain is still waiting for his first win in six games since taking over at Portman Road.

This was the fourth consecutive defeat that has left the club SEVEN points adrift of Bolton and Reading in the drop zone.

Lambert was hoping to reverse the trend on his first return to the club who sacked him in May following their relegation from the Premier League.

However, goals from Tom Ince and Joe Allen sent condemned them to another loss.

The much-travelled gaffer, though, was far from despondent and said: “I thought we were brilliant the whole game.

“We came here with a strategy. This is a tough place to come, I know it like the back of my hand.

“I thought we were the better side. I’m disappointed by the result, but the performance was excellent.

“Some of the football we played was great. We’re a really young side and to come here and do what we’ve done is excellent.”

Lambert added: “I┬ájust said to them in there, I’m really proud of them and how they came here and dominated a game against a team that won’t be, or shouldn’t be, far away from going up.

“It was two moments that hurt us.

“I couldn’t ask any more. We certainly didn’t look like a team sitting bottom of the table.”

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