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Lambert Proud Of US Tour Efforts

We signed off earlier this morning with a 5-4 victory over Portland Timbers taking a 100% record with us from the States, and Paul Lambert said he was proud of the team for their efforts.

Speaking to the Official Site Lambert said he did have issues with our overall performance against Timbers, but on balance he was very pleased with the application of the players whilst on tour:

'I felt we should have been more comfortable than what it was. We had a lot of the ball and dominated. That's especially true since we were on a pitch which we weren't used to, not one bit. I was delighted with the lads. The trip has been hard and strenuous for us because we've been travelling all the time but I am delighted with the application of the lads and the way they played. They held their nerve on the penalty kicks as well. They have given me everything and that's all I can ever ask.'

There has been a marked difference in our performances, the commitment and the style of play shown by the teams so far in pre season, and whilst last night wasn't as 'clean' a performance as previous games, there are factors such as tiredness and the pitch that you can allow for, but they still put their bodies on the line when needed and instead of panicking and going long as the game drew to a close, we stayed calm and stayed looking for an opening, even though we didn't quite penetrate them as we'd have liked.

It's only pre season though, I doubt anybody can be overly concerned about last night's game in isolation, as we've seen enough overall to remain excited about the coming season.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 25 2012

Time: 4:23PM

Your Comments

A true and very fair reflection Mike that this is only pre-season and results mean squidley squat come start of the season in the Prem League, but we an see our players playing out from the back already with confidence and not panicing i agree 100% and they are looking like a team rather than individuals, loking forward to some more signings and the start of the season UTV!
ClivetheVillan
A very encouraging pre season so far imo. From what iv heard and seen bannan has really shone. I'm a big fan off this kid and i hope he can really impress in the coming season!!UTV
king villa
Absolutely. Pre season has been good all round. Not just the results (always nice to win)but mainly the way the players have performed. Actually playing football... what a novelty! Obviously it's the PL that counts, but the signs are encouraging. Two or three more signings and we should be looking good.
Pride of Lions
Not to mention they were playing on a synthetic surface which would have made things slightly awkward.
Zarch
 

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