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Paul Lambert Has Hailed The Villa Park Ghost

Paul Lambert Has Hailed The Villa Park Ghost

Paul Lambert has focused on praising the 'unbelievable spirit' during today's pub performance against Norwich.

I doubt I'm alone in thinking he must be talking about a ghostie, because clearly few of the fans saw much spirit during those 94 minutes.

Speaking to the Official Site the gaffer said:

'I have mixed emotions, I thought it was a brilliant finish from Christian to put us one up and then there was the sending off, but the lads showed unbelievable spirit to not get beat.'

Lads? I think that was Brad Guzan to be fair, and Norwich's inability to finish convincingly.

'I just think going down to ten men - especially at this level - you know you're going to be on the back foot.'

Which is why it's curious that Joe Bennett wasn't removed at halftime, or certainly when he started to look like a player about to receive a red with his tackles and blocks. Maybe hindsight is just a wonderful thing?

Lambert also says the sending off was disappointing and could've been called the other way.

Lambert also talked about the positives in the game.

'We didn't have a recognised centre half alongside Ron, but Chrissy Herd came in and he was excellent. There were a lot of positives. The goal was disappointing to lose, the defending was good and it had to be, they put their bodies on the line.'

Well they had to really given everything else about the performance, lack of movement, pedestrian passing unless we really meant to foll Norwich by giving it them back so easily?

Bad day all round, we might not have clicked properly or found any consistency in the performance, but we are certainly better than the pub showing we put in today and each player apart from Brad Guzan in reality, should be taking a long hard look at themselves tonight and Lambert needs to work out what he wants from the first team. We are either too creative in midfield and powderpuff, or we lack creativity and everybody sits back.

We should've gone for it today, but we didn't look like we knew what we wanted to achieve at anypoint.

We go a man down, so we go 1 upfront, and then take off a target man for Darren Bent, and then with 14 minutes to go, we decide to go back to 2 upfront - which was pointless as Norwich were taking root in our half?

Let's just hope it's just one of those days in every sense, and that over the next few matches, things click and we start seeing Newcastle performances on a more regular basis.

It's still early days, but days like this don't do anyone any favours.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Saturday October 27 2012
Time: 8:30PM


On the plus side I had my first chicken pie of the season, despite it being just a tad too hot, it was very nice. Got to look for the positives because sorry, holding on for a draw, at villa park, against a team like Norwich city ( no offence meant) is not acceptable to me. We got the draw, I'm glad of the point, but only one team deserved a win today and it wasn't us.
The fear
27/10/2012 20:50:00
anyone care to still disagree with me now that J Bennett is not up to this league yet.....
27/10/2012 21:04:00
and taking Holman off was not the right substitution choice either (should have been Albrighton at that stage....). Dont think taking Holman off is ever the right choice unless we are 2-up.
27/10/2012 21:06:00
We have won only 3 league games at home in the last 12 months. Three. What is all that about?
27/10/2012 21:31:00
I like Paul Lambert but he has to start playing are best team simple as that,Ireland should be playing,we were very poor today couldn't keep the ball to save or lives,bent and benteke with Ireland behind them,three holding mids and and a back four,
27/10/2012 21:37:00
As far as I can remember, we have been totally unable to pass, or even keep, the ball for about 5 years. Brian Clough used to say you couldn't score if you didn't have the ball - possession was everything. You would have thought MON would have learned that and taught that philosophy. But years of poor coaching, made worse my McLeish and his long ball bull***** last season has sapped our confidence, and probably our ability in this area. Depressing.
27/10/2012 22:12:00
Sorry Mike but silly article. The work rate is not the problem and there is a great spirit. Compared to last years drivel these guys are Olympians. Work rate is not the problem. The play is the problem. Last year work rate and play were problems.
27/10/2012 22:36:00
Movement, running, support, covering, was atrocious today mate. If they had all run their guts out I could understand, but they didn't, workrate was a problem today in my eyes. Too many times people standing watching, not moving for space, not looking to stretch or not even bothered to go at Norwich in the space ahead of them. Whenever we did do it, we caused them problems, but we hardly did it.

Agree with everything else you've said so far tonight, but not that Griz. But I do accept I am singularly talking about the Norwich game, not our season so far - which is why I'm so peeved tonight but also think because it was so dire compared to what we've seen from them even when results haven't come off, it just truly is the blip you call a very bad day at the office. Too much was wrong today, and in some ways, I take a bit of faith from that.
27/10/2012 22:42:00
It seems clear to me now that as soon as Lambert got in, he was told he had to sell Bent. As he didnt want to do that until he had a replacement ie Benteke, and as that dragged on til deadline day, ergo Bent was not sold in the summer - which would have been the time to do it if you have any idea about the business of football. What has happened since is just bull*****. Does it make a difference financially if the player puts in a request ? Didnt think so. Even worse - now I am beginning to think hes been told to sell Ireland as well. He played last week, he was on the bench today- why not start him and take him off if his armie is still hurting...??
27/10/2012 23:38:00
Nothing positive in this game, pure utter tripe
28/10/2012 01:25:00
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