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Encouraging Signs For Lambert

Manager Paul Lambert has said that he felt there were plenty of early encouraging signs following our opening friendly victory over Mansfield earlier tonight.

Speaking to the Official Site following the three one victory courtesy of a Darren Bent brace and a solo goal from Gary Gardner, our manager said.

'It was a useful workout. It's our first game this season, two halves with different teams, and it was pleasing. What is more pleasing is that everyone has come through it unscathed. Jores hasn't played for a long time, Charles is the same. Chris and Gary have come back into it. Darren has returned from his loan spell at Fulham. Alan has come back and, I thought, was excellent. I was delighted with the whole group.'

Lambert goes on to say that really we should've been a couple up ahead of their opening goal, but he was pleased with the response after that because we did keep chipping away and creating chances and ultimately we got our reward for that with the fresh team in the second half and three good goals.

With Gardner getting himself on the score sheet and looking relatively composed in the middle of the park, and showing signs of the player we all hoped he would become following his performances at U21 level, Lambert picked him out for special praise.

'If there is one lad who deserves a break, it's Gary because of his injuries. He's a terrific lad. He will have to fight, but if he plays like that and does things like that, why not force his way in.'

He goes on to say that Benty obviously has the knack of being in the right place at the right time, and since returning to training 'to be fair to Darren' he's really knuckled down and worked his socks off so he deserved those goals tonight in the manager's eyes.

Well, one game down, the bombsquad proving their worth, our newbies looking decent as well as the rest of the squad, but it wasn't competitive and with respect, it was Mansfield, so I doubt anybody can, should or even would, read too much into this result irrespective of whether you are positive or negative ahead of the coming season, or even if you're desperately hoping it's all been a bad dream and it's still early May 1982.

And on that note, I'm off to continue toasting the victory.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Thursday July 17 2014
Time: 11:44PM


Good result, bent back on the score sheet?...should never have been loaded out last season.
Villa always
18/07/2014 07:03:00
Decent run-out for all involved, and yes, not a bad start.
Pride of Lions
18/07/2014 07:22:00
Good to see the two long term injured, Okore and Zoggy back.
The Fear
18/07/2014 08:17:00
Which side scored first, again. I have not read the article as I have zero confidence in Lambert and don't believe a word he says.
18/07/2014 10:25:00
moaning, moaning... had we won 80-0, some would still be moaning.
18/07/2014 18:07:00
Bents managed it 106 times in the Premiership though so don't think you can justify he cant get away with it mate.
18/07/2014 19:16:00
You can only beat the people in front of you. We won, we could have lost, but we won. As for Bent, At the very least until Benteke is back. Everything about that game sounds encouraging. Who's next for the new and improved claret and blue mincing machine?
18/07/2014 21:11:00
Villan444, whilst I agree with a lot of what you say (especially in your backing of Lambert at this difficult time), I think it's time you gave Bent a break. He still averages 1 in 3 for us, not a bad record and certainly better than someone like Bowery could ever have. Until Benteke is back, and maybe Kozak (he never really got us too excited before his injury), then he's a decent option to have. Gabby in particular was embarrassingly poor last season… you can't even say 'at least he worked hard' because he really didn't last season, and 4 goals for a striker is laughable (I think Bent managed more at Fulham). Bent doesn't contribute to the overall game like Benteke does, but he can finish when given chances. At a time when Lambert has very little money to spend, he's worth giving another chance to, so we might as well get behind him and will him on to score a few for us next season. No point in him rotting in our reserves.
19/07/2014 00:41:00
Still think we need a mobile livewire quick forward, some of the youngsters could certainly come in and do the job and make a name if given the chance. Agree with HE2610 4 goals for Gabby is not good enough in the Prem.
19/07/2014 01:42:00
Benteke is class.... Gabby is pace.... Weimann workrare good.... Kodak is height.... Bent is a poacher.... Together they give us options. And options is what you need. Hence bent does have a place in our team as a super sub.
Ali Arab
19/07/2014 06:25:00
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