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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

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.
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17/11/2012 20:03:00

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!
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17/11/2012 20:11:00

Young players...damn IPad!!!!
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17/11/2012 20:11:00

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.
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17/11/2012 20:46:00

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...!
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17/11/2012 21:52:00

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.
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17/11/2012 22:00:00

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.
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17/11/2012 22:02:00

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.....
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17/11/2012 23:18:00

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
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18/11/2012 00:38:00

Agree with both 444 and PoL.
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18/11/2012 01:23:00

Thank you for this blog. Some 'fans' on some blogs have really wound me up tonight with some farcical statements. In Lambert I trust.
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18/11/2012 01:28:00

Agree with ormskirk and Voth. But a small question, - what's the point of Ormskirk as a place? Just asking ;-)
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18/11/2012 09:08:00

How come you don't have the assistant ref in the options for Man of the Match. I thought he played a blinder.
chocolate teapot
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18/11/2012 09:25:00

Very impressed with the assistant ref. Warmed up by flagging Benteke offside when he didn't come within three yards of the ball. Followed up with a decision no-one saw coming. Finished off with a cracker for the second penalty. What a man! What a player!

We accept decisions such as these far too easily. The Chelseas, Man Us and Arsenals of this world do not have decisions like these given against them because the officials know that they are going to be completely monstered at the time and in the media afterwards. We just get on with a shrug of the shoulders. And as for MotD! Not one single comment on the officials. Imagine if this had happened to one of the 'big' sides. These decisions would have been the ONLY items discussed. Still mad as hell!

chocolate teapot
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18/11/2012 09:36:00

Phew, it's nearly over. We knew, or at least most of us knew, that this period of games was going to be brutal and it's turning out that way, I hate to spoil the surprise but the same could happen against Arsenal. If we put that aside and focus on the teams around us then we should be fine, it's a shi**y start for sure but we have a long way to go. AlwaysAVFC.
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18/11/2012 09:53:00

I take it the optimism of that Wonderful performance against United has somewhat slipped away then? Mind you I can talk, bloody inept against those pesky canaries.
Brummie Red
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18/11/2012 10:21:00

Lets face it, if those decisions by that incompetent had been against a money team then he wouldn't have been able to run the line at billesley common next week - big, WRONG decisions go for the money teams week in week out because thats what refs/linesmen are paid to do
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18/11/2012 13:12:00

Support your local team Brummie Red. You are a disgrace to Birmingham.
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18/11/2012 13:20:00

144, It's a I nickname acquired, due to my surname being Ormsby...I actually live in the same question applies without a doubt!!!
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18/11/2012 15:07:00

Well said Piper. Another problem looms - Sparky gets the sack, saggy face takes over at QPR and gets them mid tale. Then we're looking for another candidates in the usual "there must be 3 teams worse than us" debate. Not sure there are. Twitchy bum time third year in a row.
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18/11/2012 15:09:00

There are only so many times we will listen to this "bounce back" bull*****. We h
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18/11/2012 15:50:00

we have to face facts. we are now in a position where we won't get any decisions in our favour. money talks and we don't have it!
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18/11/2012 20:05:00

No team is too good to go down. However no good team that plays to its strengths for half a season goes down either. Listened to Clive Woodward talking on the radio this morning. He was saying that the English rugby team should forget long term goals and just concentrate on the next game. Seems to fit our predicament too. We will be OK me thinks.
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18/11/2012 20:51:00

Lets hope Randy wants to loan us some of the money he made from the Browns. If he is feeling really generous he might charge us a low interest rate.
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18/11/2012 21:50:00

No point in getting carried away sooner or later this young inexperianced side were going to get a walloping much rather lose 5-0 to City than 4-1 to Southampton, and how many teams really go to Man.City expecting to get anything ? We need to get our points against the Southamptons,West Hams etc those are the losses that really hurt us,not the Utd or City results.
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19/11/2012 10:57:00

It is not really possible to feel too much hurt after losing to City, it is being in the bottom three and having the same goal-difference as Southampton (-12) which paints a broader picture and illustrates how low Villa have sunk. Lerner is to blame and the suck-up brigade who tell his lies for him.
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19/11/2012 12:00:00

Its the GD that tells a story - its almost as bad as after 38 games last season. As a player, Lambert should have the experience to see us through this - as a manager clearly he doesnt yet. Hes got til January same as anyone would - whats different to last year is that McLeech got the same amount of rope but everyone always expected he would hang himself. We need two PL-experienced good-quality midfielders. I imagine in MBNAville that means sell The Darren.
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19/11/2012 12:12:00

We need points now - whether playing well or dirty. We could do with 4 points against Arsenal & Reading minimum. That means we need to grit our teeth & start making it count. I think what's encouraging is that we've played far better this season than our points tally suggests...
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19/11/2012 13:42:00

Long & short of it all is that it's been obvious the league is rigged.... ooops sorry not allowed to say that as we can't have our delusions spoilt now can i'll just say "rather heavily biased in favour of a certain cluster of teams" instead. I used to live breath to follow the Villa home & away for many years no matter which division they were in. Now there is no point. I have lost count of the number of games we have "lost" against the "favoured" sides due to "suspect" decisions from the FA's employees. The pattern is crystal clear & it bemuses me that the whole thing, game in game out, is simply brushed under the carpet when it's so glaringly obvious that something doesn't stack up right :s Utterly pointless to watch it anymore.
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19/11/2012 17:46:00

Unfortunately that's a good call danceoftheshamen. Money talks and we were in with a shout until we got gazumped. Football is one of the few things still good about this country and the rich teams win to stop their players doing one to another league. It's no coincidence that the German, Russian and Chinese leagues are doing well with their nouveau riche teams. There can be no other answer.
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19/11/2012 18:50:00

German leagues noveau rich? Agreed on the other points though.
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20/11/2012 08:50:00

lets face facts, match-fixing by the football authorities is more rampant here than any other country in the world - tv rights rule!
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20/11/2012 16:21:00

Lambert now has a one match touchline ban because he spoke the truth about some abysmal decisions. It should be the linesman that gets a match ban for non penalties. FA should be ashamed of this
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21/11/2012 12:21:00


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