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Lambert's First After Match Verdict

Oh how I hated doing these last season, same old excuses, same old comments, same old BS like playing four forwards...how quickly things change!

Speaking to the Official Site after the 2-1 victory over Burton, Paul Lambert said he was delighted with both the effort, and more importantly, the quality of the lads on show today.

The boss said he was pleased to start the campaign by gifting the traveling fans a victory, and he was pleased to see our newboys settle in so well - I assume it goes without saying that he was also pleased to see our existing team work to his style of play in terms of the passing instead of constantly hoofing it!

'I am delighted to win, first and foremost. I thought some of the football we played was great especially considering it was our first game after a week's training. I was pleased with the effort and application and some of the football.'

Lambert was full or praise for the ethic of Burton for pushing the players as hard as they did, and added:

'To win any game is really difficult, credit to Burton they gave it everything and played well and got the lead. But credit to my team, they cam back strongly to win the game.'

Burton certainly had the chances, one fluffed shot and Marshall's fantastic save stand out for me, so on another day it could've been slightly embarrassing but we did play convincingly in both halves and did create the chances to take the victory, and had players been sharper the scoreline could easily have been higher, so we deserved it.

Lambert also took time in his interview to talk about the newbies in the team and the fans, saying:

'It was a great goal from Brett, it really was. I thought Matty never broke sweat. He was excellent. You wouldn't think he's just come out of league one, his performance was really pleasing. He will do great for us, and I thought Karim, everyone can see he's got quality in the middle of the park.'

As for the 2500 odd fans who traveled for the opening game to Lambert's era he described them as brilliant and passionate and talked about how determined he was to give the fans something to cheer about this season - which is nice.

Burton Match Thread.

On the players missing, namely Marc Albrighton, Stephen Ireland, and Fabian Delph he explained that Ireland got a big bruised toe in training, that Delph had a little issue with his knee but the worry is Marc as he says he may be out for a while.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 14 2012

Time: 7:30PM

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Pleasing to see Holman scoring Lowton and El Ahmadi getting praise, if Lowton performs like this for us in the league then what a steal we have made ''get it steel blades''? Anyway what fanastic turn out for a pre-season game, we have the bst fans bar nne i tell ya oh and Lambert is the new messiah ealry days i know but i think we are lucky to have him UTV!
clivethevillan
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14/07/2012 20:13:00

This result is of no relevance. We won games in pre-season last year. And? First time to see the boys under Lambert and something to cheer about but other than that read nothing into it. Its about fitness and conditioning and match practice and that is it. Some people are just getting carried away.
Villa_Grizzly
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15/07/2012 00:02:00

I think Stevens put in a top shift at lb. Hope he keeps it up. He performed much better than Warnock. But the then there was never any pressure in defence was there... Does anyone know why makoun wasn't there?
Zarch
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15/07/2012 00:19:00

Makoun is awaiting his Work Permit....
Bangkok Villan
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15/07/2012 00:49:00

Nice comments from PL on a decent work out. We all know it was only a friendly, but did we actually win any friendlies last year, I can't remember........ trying to forget last year you understand...
Pride of Lions
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15/07/2012 01:27:00

Cheers bangkok... I thought that was for USA only.
Zarch
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15/07/2012 08:13:00

All feels very different this season doesn't it?! Thank goodness!
The Fear
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15/07/2012 10:55:00

 

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