Writer: Mike Field
Date:Sunday August 31 2014
Well that was certainly a turn up for the books, more than one solitary attempt on target, a good performance and we're all sat here once again wondering why oh why can't we play at least close to that more frequently.
We all know we can, we show it four or five times a season and then things go pear shaped.
Anyway, enough of that, a well deserved two one victory has made many of our weekends today following the game against Hull Foulers and Lambert and the boys have earnt the right to whatever superlative he chooses to use in his after match interview with the Official Site.
Goals and shots on target from strikers Gabby Agbonlahor and Andi Weimann did leave many of us wondering if we'd taken something we shouldn't have by half time and even Ashley Westwood's oh so close set piece that cannoned off the woodwork has us all giggling like school children, but it was real - I've checked.
A very happy gaffer, without a thrown bottle in sight, said at full time.
'I thought in the first half we were outstanding. The game plan worked and the tactical aspect of the game was fantastic against a very good side - it's a hard system to play at times - the three at the back. I think if we'd have scored another couple of goals, no one could have begrudged us that. That would have made the second half a little more at ease.'
Knowing that Hull would try and throw the kitchen sink at us in the second period, for large parts we handled them well and still could've probably extended our lead. The only shaky time came within the last 20 or so minutes and especially the final 15 where they got a second wind following their goal and yes we had to rely on some good saves from Brad Guzan but even then we limited them to very few clean and clear cut chances, which has to be to our credit.
Of course following the introduction of Jack Grealish - who technically from this point on may only ever be referred to as 'he's got feet as fast as ...' and for the children I won't finish that sentence - the second half could've also been easier if Mark Clattenburg was actually a referee who realised dangerous, malicious and persistent targeting of one player can actually result in red cards for those idiots who engage in it.
Anyway, the positives.
Lambert also picked out Gabby Agbonlahor for his performance on the day as simply put, he reminded us all what he is so capable of doing on the pitch, and we all hope - like the team performance - we see that from him far more often now.
'Overall, it's been a terrific start from us and hopefully we can keep it going.'
Keep performances going like that when results don't go our way, and the majority will remain happy.
In less happy news, Lambert also confirmed that Ron Vlaar did pick up a calf injury in the game, but with the international break to tick through now, he should be fine for when we return to action.
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Date:Sunday August 31 2014
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