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Having provided his squad with some time off until the middle of this month, David Moyes is now pressed with getting his players into condition for a start date of September 12.
With a number of pre-season fixtures to come, including two being played on Tuesday, the Scot will hope that a training camp in Scotland has shaken off the cobwebs ahead of their encounter at Portman Road.
As it stands, no fresh faces have arrived at the London Stadium, but the next couple of weeks represent an opportunity for this group of players to build on their strong end to the last campaign.
Twelve points from their remaining seven matches led to the club eventually finishing five points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.
However, heading into the final year of an 18-month contract, Moyes is aware that the same end result will not be enough to earn a longer stay at the London Stadium
While Lambert would have undoubtedly been delighted with two wins on that occasion, the Scot will probably have taken more from the meeting with Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Disappointingly for Lambert, his team conceded all three goals in the opening 30 minutes, but 23 members of his squad were all provided with more game time ahead of the restart.
Right now, that is the most important thing as they prepare to begin an unrelenting schedule, although that will not prevent Lambert from demanding improvements in their second meeting with Premier League opposition in less than 72 hours.