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Ipswich drop down to League One

13th April 2019, 18:25 by James Mason

Ipswich Town will be playing in League One next season after their relegation from the Championship was confirmed on Saturday.

Requiring a win to keep their survival bid alive, the Tractor Boys made a dreadful start to the clash with Bristol City at Portman Road after Lukas Jutkiewicz put the visitors ahead after just seven minutes.

Ipswich managed to get back on level terms when former Wales Under-21 international Gwion Edwards scored just after the restart although the hosts were unable to find a winner as the game ended 1-1.

The result means Paul Lambert's men will be playing their football in League One next season - a level the club has not played at since 1957 - and it brings an end to 17 consecutive campaigns in England's second tier.

Speaking to BBC Radio Suffolk, Lambert said: "It's gut-wrenching for everybody. You saw the reception at the end of the game, that was incredible. I've been involved in some unbelievable moments in my career, that's as good as it gets for me, that's how emotional it was.

"The support is unbelievable, I'm gutted for them, I'm gutted for the players and I'm gutted for all the staff here at Portman Road. I've always believed (we can stay up), everyone who knows me knows I'm a realist, but I'd always believed we could do well. You've got to analyse."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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