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Lambert - We Didn't Give Ourselves A Chance

Lambert - We Didn't Give Ourselves A Chance

Paul Lambert has said we spurned too many chances to take the lead in today's game against Spurs, and when we do that we will pay for it.

Speaking to the Official Site after the 2-0 loss, the gaffer said we missed 'pivotal chances' and ultimately that again cost us the game:

'When you come to places like this, you have to take your chances. Their first goal was very fortunate, we had two chances beforehand. I said to him just then that you have to score at this level, Christian has to hit the target with his header, they were terrific chances. He's only a young lad and he will learn every day but at this level you have to score.'

As for our general performance, ignoring the fold after their first goal until we found our head's again, Lambert said short of taking our chances, he felt we played relatively well and were in the game competing for large periods of the match:

'I thought we gave a very good account of ourselves. But, as I said, the big moments were when we had the chances to go one up, not once but twice. They were massive moments. I can't fault the effort, that was there in abundance but we pick ourselves up and go again now. I am disappointed to lose but some of the things in the game were really pleasing.'

It's a reasonably fair summation as for large parts of the game, although Spurs looked the more likely to take the game, there wasn't really much better us in terms of clear cut chances until they went ahead.

Midfield has to be an issue that is addressed though, we aren't balanced properly as we seem to be either too defensive or we go too gung ho and everybody will have their own opinions on whether Benteke or Gabby had done enough in the previous game to warrant starting again, especially over Bent after he scored.

It was the right choice after the City game I think, but not after the Albion performance and it's disappointing because it was a game we could've again got something from.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Sunday October 7 2012
Time: 7:13PM


My God, I hate Spurs.
07/10/2012 19:45:00
For me the lack of balance in Midfield is because we are missing Ireland and we dont really have a LM... Nzog is largely disappointing, Bannan is poor, Delph wont stay out wide, Holman is a natural LM IMO and will provide little wide and Gabby wants to be a striker...
07/10/2012 20:08:00
I'd honestly go KEA, Delph or Herd, Bannan and Holman at the minute. Let KEA and another sit back protecting the defence, then Bannan for the distribution and Holman as the outlet. When Holman is tired, try Albie in that position with permission to hit both sides of the box for his crosses. What we seem to do at the moment is either have 3 defensive mids so we create very little, or have 3 offensive mids and we get cut apart.
07/10/2012 20:13:00
At the end of that game we had KEA, Bannan Nzogbia and Gabby in the middle. Or perhaps it was 4-2-4 by that stage in which case just KEA and Prince Barry - who then ended up as the full back. Heres something else about todays selection - we had ONE covering on the bench for the back 4 (Lihaj). You have six outfields on the bench ergo shouldnt at least 2 cover the back four....? And Eric can play CB if needed but is not good enough to start FB ? Very bad day at the office.
07/10/2012 20:45:00
Zog was our only threat in the second half!! Benteke went missing when Bent came on who also went missing in Gallas pocket. Can't disagree with what PL has done. Our squad is still pony so we don't have a lot of options from the bench to even have defenders on there. The 3 that came on did the same last week and they changed the game in 1 way or another but this will not work every week...
07/10/2012 21:07:00
sorry but thats just rubbish. Nzogbia did nothing but dribble into trouble and lose the ball. Also, it was the same 3 on but not the same three off ! Taking Holman off was probably the big mistake. And this was Spurs not Albion (where the stats clearly show we dominated and did not cede midfield).
07/10/2012 21:27:00
Agree with the three coming off entirely as I said previously. Zog was at least bringing the ball out and looked dangerous even if no end product was there. He is playing in his preferred role at last. No-one else was taking the game to them. Rather that than Bannan attempting Hollywood balls every touch or Bent trying flickons or to hold up and all losing it also.
07/10/2012 21:42:00
so PL can see that the issue is missing guilt edge chances. wonder if he will be man enough to admit his own mistake in leaving the most natural finisher at the club on the bench and playing Benteke who looks more like Heskey with every game. I can understand trying to find the right combination in midfield and the range of opinions on Delph and Bannan show that its not an obvious choice but everyone who was at the Albion game knows that Bent should start ahead of Benteke
07/10/2012 21:50:00
Delph with Bannan plus KEA & Holman in a 4-4-2 would be interesting....seeing as #nowingers is trending these days. The ship has not quite sailed yet for me as far as Bannan is concerned, hes got a long way to go before he is as good as he thinks he is but ironically his performance today as stand-in FB was actually quite impressive. He needs to add muscle. There is of course an Ireland-shaped elephant in the middle of all this debate. Be good if he is back for November.....
07/10/2012 22:15:00
Whatever the trend is we need to play to the team strengths but with all of the tinkering we are not sure where the strengths are. 442 could be suicide away from home but seems to work for us. For me it is who we have in midfield and how they are set to play. Good point made earlier about 3 holding or 3 attacking, no mid ground at the moment and that is leaving us open. Teams like Spuds will pass us off the pitch if it wasn't for the closing down today which was a bright point of our play without the ball. sadly we are lacking invention again with the ball and maybe that is us missing the likes of Ireland et all?
holte ender 1969
07/10/2012 23:13:00
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