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Lambert: Really Pleased With the Lads in Training
Wednesday, 31st Oct 2018 16:47

New Blues boss Paul Lambert was pleased with what he saw from the Town squad in his first training session yesterday with some of the younger players having caught his eye, however, he reiterated that he'll need to add in January.

Speaking to Blues legend Alan Brazil to talkSPORT (5min 18secs) this morning, the Blues’ lack of goals - they have netted only 11, the joint-lowest in the Championship - was pointed out to the new Town manager.

“I think that’s the problem,” Lambert said. “I think you know yourself that the top end of the pitch is where it’s important and we have to find a way.

“It’s OK criticising what’s happened before, but I trained the lads yesterday [Tuesday] and they were excellent for me.

“Whether there’s a lack of confidence or it’s fear I don’t know, but hopefully we will get it going. I’m really looking forward to it. We have to play well as a team.”

Lambert was impressed with the 2,200-strong travelling support at the Den on Saturday and believes that results will see home crowds grow.

“I saw that myself Saturday at Millwall, you wouldn’t have thought it was a club at the bottom of the table with the support they had behind them, it was brilliant,” he said.

“If we can get them going, as I said yesterday, you want fans to come to the stadium and enjoy it, you don’t want them to come feel like it’s another day at the office, you want them to have a good time and we have to give them that. If we can do that then we’ve got a real chance.”

Lambert admits that he will need to add some experience in January with owner Marcus Evans taking a similar view but says he has liked what he has seen of the squad’s younger players.

“We need a little bit of help I think in January,” he said. “As I say, I took the team yesterday and I was really pleased with them, with their effort and the way they went about it and tried to take things on board.

“The owner’s been great with me, he really has. I think he recognises as well that we’ll need a little bit of help in January, which is important.

“There doesn’t need to be a major overhaul, January’s a difficult month. But you do want one or two lads who know the league and know exactly what it’s about, it certainly helps you.

“There are some really good young ones there, definitely some really good footballers, really tidy. They need a little bit of strength in their game but they can play the game, it’s not as if they’re novices, they can certainly play the game.”

Reflecting on the challenge ahead of him with Town currently bottom of the table, he added: “It’s a really tough division, it’s getting better with every single year. Every game is winnable, it’s the team that be consistent more or less gets out of it.

“There are so many games still to play, anything can happen, you can have a little run at it and all of a sudden you can find yourself in mid-table and that’s what we need to try and do. We need to get ourselves out of that bottom three.”

He says building the players’ confidence is an important aspect of his job: “If you’re going out there feeling confident you think you’re unbeatable at times. And that’s my job, to instil that in them.

“I’ll do that the best I can and hopefully they can go out and play with freedom and go and excite people.”

Lambert’s first game is against 20th-placed Preston North End at Portman Road on Saturday afternoon.

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Radlett_blue added 16:58 - Oct 31
Sounds as if Lambert won't "take a point all day long".

SE1blue added 16:59 - Oct 31
Excellent news!

And we're only 16 points off the playoffs and 2000/1 on Skybet to get promoted...


Northstander_Blue added 17:06 - Oct 31
Is there anywhere I can hear him please

PhilTWTD added 17:10 - Oct 31
The link is in the text, at the time specified.

Karlosfandangal added 17:18 - Oct 31
He has a good track record and I feel he will be able to organise the team and think he will play the Dozzell and Downs as was said only sixteen points off play off. So if we can get a run going getting out of the bo Tom three is very possible.

michael99 added 17:23 - Oct 31
What a refreshing change to hear our manager talking positively about his players I don't remember Hurst saying anything positive regarding players the whole time he was here I think Paul Lambert can keep us up
I was never a an of mm style of football but his man management was second to none

Suffolkboy added 17:24 - Oct 31
At last we've a real authoratative voice , enthusiastic and objective ,speaking with knowledge and experience and recognising immediately strengths and potential ,as well as the promise amongst our Academy and youth programmes .
Let's get behind his vision and help every single one amongst the playing and Town staff to recreate the atmosphere of the Club we've cherished for so long : let's not despair ,positive support can go a long way !
AGAIN I say , 'Accentuate the positive, Eliminate the negative and don't mess with Mr In Between ' !
Paul Lambert embodies everything we're looking for !
Up the Blues !

tractorboybig added 17:44 - Oct 31
unlikely to say anything different at present

lightingblue added 17:45 - Oct 31
Was really pleased with what he said regards the youngsters. Clearly we all know which ones his on about. I wounder if he can recall the likes of nydem, Emmanuel and Wolfenden. Not sure what other youngsters are out on loan. If not already done so, maybe worth getting the biscuits in and a good cuppa with Brian Klug about these bunch of likely lads. Do the right things with um and you wouldn’t have to spend much. Again get shot of a few of the ones who aren’t going to push for a first team place and away you go. Easy stuff this football manegment stuff really.

ArnieM added 17:49 - Oct 31
I’d go as far as to say , he’s the perfect “ fit” with Ipswich Town FC.
I’ve alwats like Lambert - even when he was at scumville. But you can’t hold that against him. Everyone makes mistakes don’t they !!

bluelady added 18:31 - Oct 31
An arm around the shoulder is what many of these lads currently need, I get the impression Hurst an Doig were more of a kick up the jacksy kind of managers which don’t get me wrong is needed at times, but don’t kick a team of men when they are already down!!! It seems they almost came here with the view the players were not good enough and clearly instilled that belief in them!

terry_butchers_twin added 18:33 - Oct 31
There are still 93 points to play for, 102 point in total should get us automatic promotion!! At 2000/1 I'm off to Skybet now!

smithy0981 added 18:35 - Oct 31
I like what lambert is saying but think again paul, once you manage a few games and understand just how bad this team is you will realise that we do need an overhaul. I would really love to see us get a result against Preston but I just can’t see it. Please please prove me wrong

dukey44 added 18:43 - Oct 31
Easy to be pleased in training with them it's Saturday that counts?

warktheline added 18:55 - Oct 31
Needs creativity in midfield ! Stop playing two holding midfield players, McCarthy and hapless Hurst deployed such tactics to protect Captain Calamity and co! Hindering progress all over pitch! Good luck Lambert, must say a manager with a Scottish accent sounds reassuring 😂

pazzy added 19:49 - Oct 31
paul is trying to give the boys a lift lets back him and get behind them you will hear him sat not like silent hurst

TimmyH added 19:58 - Oct 31
'Good in training' - didn't Chambers say a month or so back they must establish in matches what they do in training or words to that effect?...don't get fooled Paul, we'll certainly need an element of quality come January.

runningout added 20:10 - Oct 31
more hopeful than I was in August. Players have got to realise they let themselves down. We’ve thrown away too many winnable games. If there’s slip up learn from it and improve, not shirk responsibities

MoscowBlueMule added 20:10 - Oct 31
First time this season I actually feel we could get a result on Saturday. It’s a must win game.

dukey44 added 20:14 - Oct 31
Mark me down but he's still got exactly the same players as we're here last week? So training means jack as long as he lifts them and then let's see us play together cone Saturday. Training and match day are totally different situations. Just need some point of direction again. But still got lower league players?

dirtydingusmagee added 20:18 - Oct 31
I really think Paul Lambert is going to do a good job, he has certainly convinced me he is up for it. Hurst was lost, completely out of his depth ,and came into the club with a rush of blood to the head .He tried to run before he could walk ,making too many changes,so many in fact that he himself didnt know how to deal with them. He was like a little kid that was trying to do a jigsaw puzzle , and someone had mixed two together in a box.Lambert ,has experience and i think will ''lift'' the players.Its not going to be easy,but a win against Preston would be a huge boost. COYB.

No9 added 20:31 - Oct 31
The comments about the younger players are really important. We have all realised for along while there was not the £ Millions to spend and Mr E having put significant money into the academy had every right to expect some return for his investment. I don't believe MM did enough to promote youth, we thought PH was going to do it and were wrong. Now PL looks like he is up for the youth revelution we have waited for, for several seasons.
Anticipation is a wonderful thing

brittaniaman added 20:49 - Oct 31
I am so glad we did not get another Yorkshire man ? Two was enough for this club.
hope and pray that Saturday will go well !!! It is a great pity he did not have the international break now to have longer with the players

Carberry added 20:50 - Oct 31
Tractorboybig and dukey44 are spot on, the time for optimism should come after we put in positive performances during the next couple of weeks. We all want to get out of this mess but let's not just blindly see him as the messiah. As they have said he has the same group of players as Hurst and buying in January is a mug's game as we all know. And by the way let's respect others' opinions, don't mark them down because the have a different view to you, that's just moronic.

michaeldownunder added 20:51 - Oct 31
How far off the playoffs when C. Palace made that great run to go up?

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