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Lambert Proud Despite Loss

Paul Lambert has said he is very proud of the players after their efforts today, he's just disappointed we didn't come out of the game with anything to show for it.

Speaking to the Official Site after the gutting 2-1 loss to Chelsea, the gaffer explained that he believed we should have won, let alone come away with a point.

'In my opinion, yes. I thought we were excellent. We looked great and had chances. We gave it an unbelievable effort, we gave it everything. The lads were great, at 1-0 we looked so comfortable.'

Unfortunately then Christian Benteke was sent off, leading Lambert to say.

'The sending off was huge. It gave Chelsea a lift. Up until then we looked great. But the lads have given us absolutely everything, I can't ask for more.'

Lambert obviously wasn't too chuffed with the decision as he didn't believe it was a sending off because Benteke 'is looking at the ball'.

'Look at the one where Terry takes Sylla down, he's the last man, the referee has got to see that, Sylla is through. Cole could only get round when Sylla's gone down, the referee should have seen that the way I have seen it and the way 40,000 saw it.'

As it was the final home game of the campaign, Lambert again ended with praise for the fans for not only their support on the day, but for the way they've backed the team all season long.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday May 11 2013

Time: 5:04PM

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the ref was abysmal as usual. Both red cards were dubious but the one terry should have got was obvious. Its the same players and teams that always get the benefit of the doubt from the referees.
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11/05/2013 17:08:00

Stylla or what is that His name shoved and pushed Ramires to gain possesion of that ball in the first place, moreover, we scored a legitimate goal only for the ref to claim the ball didn't cross the line. All in all, the ref was not against anyone per se, he was obly abismal not siding anyone.
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11/05/2013 17:13:00

Not to forget Benteke's elbow on Azpilicueta which should've been an direct red card.
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11/05/2013 17:15:00

Ball wasnt 100pc over mate.
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11/05/2013 17:17:00

trying to translate, but actually you can't blame the ref for the "goal" that wasn't given. The linesman couldn't see it, it was only on replay from another angle that shows the ball 95% over the line. I thought football was (it used to be anyway) a physical game with a bit if pushing and shovving - 50/50 like?.... But the ref did spoil the game today for both sides.
Pride of Lions
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11/05/2013 17:20:00

Yeah I didn't think that the ref was particularly biased as such, just made some poor decisions throughout. At 1-0 and a man up we had the chance to take control of the game regardless of the refs decisions. We made a mess of it, and then from there Chelsea scored twice and had one debatable goal disallowed. A good performance but inexperience showed a little
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11/05/2013 17:21:00

I'd also like to say fair play to the 50 or so Chelsea fans who stayed behind and applauded Petrov on the lap of honour
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11/05/2013 17:23:00

Anyway, more importantly.... I think we showed up really well against the muliti millionaires today and yes we could and should of got at least a point.... it;s just that ***** of a referee!!!
Pride of Lions
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11/05/2013 17:23:00

For once - NOT the ref today. Deliberate elbow in the face followed by reckless foot up after having looked behind him and seen that Terry was there...Terry being the last person you want to give that opportunity to. You ve literally gifted him the foul. How could the ref not yellow him having sent Ramires off for the same thing (also a sane decision in my view). Chelsea started it - in fact they showed today what a bunch of dirty *****ers they really are. And God know what was being said down on the pitch, its not like they dont play against a lot of French speakers, plus their own Belgies......But unlike last week when Norwich tried the same tactics, we didnt shrug it off. Although lets remember, another piece of stupidity almost cost us the points last week as well. Its just one time too many this season.
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11/05/2013 17:49:00

we have a top top manager in Lambert
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11/05/2013 18:20:00

We are still in the *****
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11/05/2013 19:13:00

Benteke was stupid, and I do believe the ref bottled the terry sending off but it was the lack of action from the bench that cost us today. At 1-0 and with the extra man it was crying out for zoggy to run at the Chelsea back four.
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11/05/2013 22:39:00

Corrupt ref. Baker Booking showed how corrupt the ref was immediately. Disgrace. Terry has to go. No if's or but's straight red. any other top 4 team with $$$ its red. Lambert was 100% correct with how STRANGE the cheating ref's performance was. I am telling you now, in the future someone (one of the corrupt ref's) will speak out about how corrupt and abysmal they are.
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11/05/2013 23:25:00

Don't think the ref was a cheat he was just absolute rubbish, both reds were soft and ruined the game and the Terry tackle was a red but I guess Chelsea could go on about the goal that wasn't although it's almost impossible to call in real time. So in many ways the ref had a shocker but levelled it up with equally as bad decisions for both sides. Lambert is a class act and has the boys flying but I too was calling for NZgobia with 20 to go as I thought Andy was out on his feet. The experience of Lampard did it though and it's what we need to find a little bit in the summer. All in all a top class performance that deserved much more. UTV
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11/05/2013 23:48:00

why cry foul about terry not being shown a red,besides benteke should have been sent off earlier by elbowing ceasar earlier in the game,plus the fact that we scored a goal that was never given.In the end both team saw red plus we spent the remaining 4 min xtra time with nine men.Anyways wishing you guys well in your fight to escape relegation.
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12/05/2013 00:21:00

btw did anyone else notice how ******** useless wiemann was today?!
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12/05/2013 01:23:00

avfcwills, no one team ever will have x1 players on form on the day. Changes could have been made earlier and that is what chelsea did better than us and the fresh legs gave them the intiative imho. Both reds were just but didn't have to happen. Terry is a racist scumbag and deserves all he gets but is sooo lucky not to have gone himself. The ref bottled that one! Before the game I would have taken a point but after the battle and fight we showed and the team display we gave, we certainly deserved more. Well done to fatty lamp but then that's what a billionaire gets you. We have to stay up and continue the good work and hoping that we keep the team/squad together and add to three positions with some quality over the summer. UTV.
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12/05/2013 04:04:00

Got to agree the Ref was a shambles thought Benteke should have gone for the elbow. Terry should have gone for the prof. foul and both the yellows that led to the sending offs were soft. Could see at half time that the ref was going to even things up and Benteke would go. Got to agree with the lack of subs being used Wiemann and Sylla both looked exhausted in the last 20 mins.
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