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Lambert Is Not A Happy Bunny

Lambert Is Not A Happy Bunny

Paul Lambert has been clearly irked by the officiating in today's game, and he hasn't glossed over it.

Speaking to the Official Site after the 5-0 drubbing, Lambert believes we had the rug pulled from under us with the penalty decisions and that cost us any chance of getting anything from the game.

'That is never a handball, nowhere near. How he's called that I don't know. It was absolutely ridiculous, it's not touched his hand, it's not deviated in its flight whatsoever. There were no appeals from City because it came off the City player's head, I have watched it back. How he can call that at an important point in the game? It's the wrong decision. Nobody appealed, Bizarre! I'm not happy about it. If we are asked to come and speak to you, then sometimes so should they. I just think that was a wrong decision.'

As for the second penalty award, he still wasn't happy:

'He (Bannan) lost his footing, I can understand why he gave it but Barry has put his hand on the ground and it's a natural, human reaction to do that. But the way the linesman was performing I didn't have a clue what he was going to flag for.'

As for the game itself, the disappointment of the scoreline and dropping into the bottom 3 tonight, Lambert was adamant that we would bounce back:

'This won't hamper our progress, we will bounce back strongly. The last few weeks the lads have given it everything. Hart made some world class saves to keep it 0-0, we had some chance, but I thought that decision was a massive call and he got it wrong. We were still in the game, that's the point.'

Now I haven't seen this game, so I can't really comment on the decisions, but going off the match thread the first decision was demonstrably wrong, whereas the second could've been called either way and was just one of those things.

But nobody really expected anything from today, so it's difficult to get too worked up about it. We were playing Manchester City afterall, so calls for Lambert's head, the board again, dismissing every player on our books and putting bets on for relegation are a bit over the top.

We know we're in a sticky part of the fixture list, but if we keep performing as we have done we'll win more than we lose. This was never going to happen overnight, but whilst nobody got too carried away after the United game, neither should anyone get carried away after the City game.

There are games coming up that are more than winnable, so focus on them, and there are plenty of games left to push ourselves up the table or at least create a buffer between us and three below. The table is tight, and any run of three games will make a dramatic difference.

We have to roll with the punches this season, we all knew that, but we are playing better than we were at the start of the season, things are clicking and again this was Manchester City, let's see what happens as a far better judge of our progress so far will be the games starting from Reading through to Chelsea.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Saturday November 17 2012
Time: 7:37PM

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I don't we will win more than we will lose Mike but I have faith that we will win enough to survive which I'll take for the season given the start we have had.
macca1087
17/11/2012 20:03:00
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I think we'll stay up, just..we're playing better football, and I believe we have the right manager and lung players to move in the right direction...but some of our fans and their over reactions need to be seen to be believed!
ormskirk
17/11/2012 20:11:00
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Young players...damn IPad!!!!
ormskirk
17/11/2012 20:11:00
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If we finish above the bottom 6 with this combination of manager and squad it will be a bloody miracle. 4th bottom will do. Then we need the mother of all inquests. Going backwards slowly for the last few years. This is Aston Villa not the Dog and Duck FFS.
cropped
17/11/2012 20:46:00
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Agreed Mike, whilst its seriously depressing thus far we have to sit tight and see how the next month plays out with the likes of Reading & QPR coming up, but even with positive results against those 2 I think its quite clear it is gonna go down to the wire and we are going to be part of the drama...Calls for board or manager to be gone as I am seeing a lot of all be it on the intenet are pointless and are currently not going to help or improve matters....Sit tight fellow Villans, the bumpy ride has well and truly begun...!
marcobavfc
17/11/2012 21:52:00
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We will be fine. Young players will learn more from that kicking than from any victory. However there is an alarming bad habit that has crept back into the team that we suffered from last season. Inability to defend set pieces. Norwich home - corner. Fulham away - corner. Manure home - free kick. Today first goal - corner. If remember rightly Spuds first goal against us was from a corner. These are all goals that were game changers, they were not scored after the points were won or lost, they were the goals that lost us the points.
voiceoftheholte
17/11/2012 22:00:00
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We were robbed. If only that penalty had not been awarded and some other stuff had happened instead we would have won this game hands down. The injustice of it all. If only Man City hadn't had 59% possession and 21 shots on goal we would have got another famous win here.
Villa_Grizzly
17/11/2012 22:02:00
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They were sore after we knocked them out of the cup gents. They didn't show us enough respect then. Today they treated us as a capable team. 7 more wins needed but their home record is immense. It's a marathon.....
Villan444
17/11/2012 23:18:00
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I agree with Lambert. Two of the most worse decisions by a linesman I've ever seen. When you get an idiot like that making the wrong decisions against you, you know it's not going to be your day. Yes, I knew we wouldn't get anything from the match but 5-0 was completely OTT thanks to that turd of a linesman.
Pride of Lions
18/11/2012 00:38:00
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Agree with both 444 and PoL.
voiceoftheholte
18/11/2012 01:23:00
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