The Referee Will Be Embarrassed
Paul Lambert has talked about his immense frustration at today's result, following a much improved performance and a hugely dodgy decision from Mark Halsey again.
I know fans always look for decisions when it comes to a refereeing performance, an excuse, feeling cheated, wronged, but they do appear to be awfully noticeable at points when it comes to Mr Halsey, and Paul Lambert pulled no punches as he spoke to the Official Site following the game today.
'I have seen it loads of times and had a chat with Mark after the game. He was adamant he was 100% right and he's guessed. It's never a penalty that, never. Mark has got it wrong, he'll be embarrassed by it, totally embarrassed. He's telling me he's 100% right, it's nowhere near it. You have to get those right, there's no point guessing or surmising that something happened, you have to get it right. That's where the let down is. For Mark to say he's got it right, I am pretty sure he'll be embarrassed by it.'
However, despite that Lambert admits we created enough chances during the game to have taken the victory comfortably, but again we lacked that killer touch and it's cost us.
'Listen I can't fault them for that second half, they were relentless. We had loads of chances. There's a way to get beat and I couldn't fault them for the way they went about it in that second half. The crowd are right behind it. We couldn't do anymore than stick it in. You keep going, there's a long way to go, there will be loads of twists and turns in this whole thing.'
I'm not going to comment too much on the game as I didn't see it today, so I do reserve the right to disagree with what I'm about to put once I have seen whether the performance matched our stat domination.
All I can guess from the stats and listening to what people have said since the game is, at least the performance was somewhat there today and if we perform like we did in the second half more often - and Lambert does what is required this window so performances like today end with the maximum haul - we might/should have enough about us to stay up...just.
But if we keep performing for only 45 minutes, it's going to be nowhere near enough, because we afford anymore games when we finish this strongly, but still get nothing from it.
Questions have to be asked about why we have been so unbalanced in terms of experience, and Lambert needs to learn from his own errors. The youth direction is the way to go, but not when it means basically the whole team is inexperienced. You still need a core of experienced and motivated players amongst them to help them grow, to provide them with direction on the pitch and we have lacked that all too often.
That has to be sorted this month.
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