Lambert Is Not A Happy Bunny
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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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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
21/11/2012 12:21:00
lets face facts, match-fixing by the football authorities is more rampant here than any other country in the world - tv rights rule!
20/11/2012 16:21:00
German leagues noveau rich? Agreed on the other points though.
20/11/2012 08:50:00
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.
19/11/2012 18:50:00
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.
19/11/2012 17:46:00
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...
19/11/2012 13:42:00
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.
19/11/2012 12:12:00
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.
19/11/2012 12:00:00
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.
19/11/2012 10:57:00
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.
18/11/2012 21:50:00
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