Ipswich Town’s first half performance against Brentford was the worst Paul Lambert he had seen from his team since joining the club last summer.

Said Benrahma assisted two goals in eight minutes, as Neal Maupay netted his 25th strike of the season before Ollie Watkins grabbed the other during the comfortable 2-0 victory.

While the visitors threatened at times during the game, with Collin Quaner going close, the damage appeared to have already been done by the Bees.

Reflecting on the match, Lambert said: “I think Flynn Downes recovering from his slip was major for him. Okay, he made a mistake for the second goal, but the great thing about it [is] he kept on it, kept the ball, which is great for him.

“It's good for his development as a player as well. It may be his first mistake but it certainly won't be his last.”

When asked whether the moment Quaner clipped the post after attempting to chip goalkeeper Luke Daniels “summed up” Ipswich’s season, he added: “Yeah, probably, yeah.

“He chips the goalkeeper and I thought it was going in and it hits the post.

“It's probably the worst 45 minutes, I think, since I've been at the club because we've been pretty consistent, level. We've been playing really, really well. Without getting breaks at times but it's all about developing the young players.”

Benrahma skipped past an Ipswich player and threaded in Maupay before the striker created enough space to fire home on 20 minutes.

Then, Downes’ unfortunate slip enabled the Algerian winger to tee up Watkins for the second inside 10 minutes.

Quaner’s chance leading up to Brentford’s opener was perhaps Ipswich’s best chance all game, despite a resurgent showing in the second half.

It's another nail in the coffin for the Championship's bottom club Ipswich while Brentford's win moves them to within two points of Swansea City, who are sitting in 13th place.