Lambert - Mistakes Cost Us Again
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Lambert - Mistakes Cost Us Again

Paul Lambert has refused to blame Ciaran Clark for Man City's goal, but admitted it was another mistake that had cost us.

Would've been nice had he pointed out slip or not, Clark still had his legs pulled from him but when do you expect Mike Dean to give those against the top four eh. Or the penalty for us for example.

However, on balance, they were worthy winners in reality, we didn't trouble them enough.

Speaking to the Official Site following the 1-0 loss, our gaffer said:

'I thought we were well in the game, the goal is a mistake. I wouldn't have minded if someone had put one in the top corner with a bit of skill, but it's a mistake by us. It's easy to be critical of Ciaran, the lad has been excellent all season, he will learn from it, he won't make the same mistake again. I just think he has tried something he maybe shouldn't have, feeling confident. I had a chat with him at half time.'

Which is fair enough really, during the first half especially we had no issues blindly booting the ball into no man's land and not looking for the pass that would relieve pressure, and Clark should've done exactly that then, but it's one of those things and he's learning.

Problem is he'll be hammered for it far more than other defenders who do the same thing regularly and it doesn't work out, yet they find themselves in the England team as the best the country can offer - but hey ho.

Lambert does rightly then point out though that he didn't let it affect him in the second half, and in reality I thought we looked a lot tighter in the second half than we did to begin with, but of course the damage had been done by then and we just weren't causing them enough problems up front to make up for it.

As for the aforementioned decision that can never be given against a top four side, Lambert said of the penalty shout.

'We might have had a penalty. I thought it was handball, but that's football. You pick yourself up and go again.'

Bottom line is if we keep performing like that we will pick up the points we need to survive. Yes the performances aren't fantastic and there is room for improvement, but they are starting to come together again now and we do look better but we lack the end product, especially against sides like City but take that into Reading and QPR and that could really be six points back on the table for us which would make a world of difference.

We just have to change 'better' performances into points before it's too late for them to count.

Lambert also hopes to have Ron Vlaar back for Saturday's game.

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agree yatesyVillan, can't keep saying it, they have to actually do it.
The Fear
06/03/2013 11:05:00
Clark is no centre half, end of. Could be a decent squad player in midfield...MAYBE. What became very obvious last night (and probably somewhat also in recent games with this back 4) is that Baker keeps having to compensate for Bennett's weakness by drifting out to cover him. Clark does not back him up positionally very well. Delph provides cover further out as he should but it constantly pulls us out of shape, because we have no competent central midfielder in this wacky Midfield Of Two formation. Clark is having to do the same wrt Lowton more and more as teams have consistently gone at our flanks all season. Time and time again last night we left big holes in the middle of defence with their players coming in unmarked and luckily from a GD pov we were not punished for it. I constantly look for ways in which we can dig out of this hole at least with what we ve got, and I dont think "we" are getting the best out of the limited resources we have.
05/03/2013 16:39:00
why so confident Clark will learn from his mstake? he's been making the same mistakes over and over again all season and doesn't seem to have learned anything.
05/03/2013 14:33:00
What is a bit sad - ref the lacking experience AND creativity argument, which is as obvious as ***** - is that last night we played pretty much to the best of our current capabilities, which meant that we ended up neutralising we largely prevented them really playing to their normal shape and game, but in doing that, all we could do was aim lobs at Big Chris and fail to trouble Hart all night. The introduction of Dawkins illustrated all of this in microcosm - came in for five useless-to-anyone minutes, couldnt keep the ball, then when he did couldnt do anything with it. Clearly not up to snuff for this league. And once again, Nzomnia slipped on Bilbo's ring and assumed the mantle of invisibility quite early on.
05/03/2013 13:15:00
Hiring arrogant Lambert has been the biggest mistake.
05/03/2013 12:00:00
We are still in a worse position than this time last season. I shall be proved right - Alex should not have been sacked. But what do I know? Quite a lot it would appear. And I am only a ticket buying fan!! Bring back AM, never mind all the "supporters" who wanted him out - idiots
05/03/2013 10:21:00
"Bottom line is if we keep performing like that we will pick up the points we need to survive." We won't. We didn't get any points again. If we keep doing that we are gone.
bikini inspector
05/03/2013 09:31:00
my main bugbear about last night is that when the guys pass the ball, they turn their back - almost like thats it my job is done. Gabby is the worst offender for this... This invites pressure as the guys have to pick out a fantastic pass to the next person and so on. Eventually we either lose it or hoof it back. Everyone goes on about the defence being **** but the whole team has to defend, half the time its just the centre backs being around to do the job whilst the midfield is nowhere to be seen.
05/03/2013 09:03:00
Hmmn! It's alright saying "mistakes cost us" etc but the fact is this... Inexperienced players make more mistakes than experienced ones. They take their eye off the ball more, they show naivety now & then & they need a vein of experienced players to give them rollicking when this happens so as they learn from it. This is not happening at AVFC & i cannot see it changing anytime soon either. It takes time to gain this kind of experience & even longer if the leaders are not present to point things out when they happen. This is surely how we learn? Lack of teachers / leaders = slow progress
05/03/2013 02:11:00
"Bottom line is if we keep performing like that we will pick up the points we need to survive." Really? Haven't we been saying that for about 6 games now, and what do we have to show for it? I will say it right now - if we don't get 6 points against Reading and QPR we are DOWN.
05/03/2013 00:51:00
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