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Lambert: Town in Seven or Eight-Team League
Friday, 30th Nov 2018 11:42

Boss Paul Lambert feels Town are currently in a seven or eight-team mini-league at the bottom of the Championship and says he has already identified potential January recruits to come in and help his squad climb away from the bottom of the table.

The Blues go into Saturday’s game at Nottingham Forest six points plus goal difference from safety with four teams - Bolton, Hull, Millwall and Reading - ahead of them on 17 points. Ahead of that quartet at present are Rotherham, Brentford and Preston.

“Looking at it, it’s a seven or eight-team league we’re in at the minute,” Lambert reflected. “We have to finish fourth or above.

“But they need a bit of help and we’ll try and get them in, that’s for sure. There are lads we’ve identified to try and get and we’ll do everything we can to try and get them in.”

He says the mood in the squad has been fine despite the disappointment of Wednesday’s 3-2 home defeat to Bristol City.

“They’re really upbeat, they’re really positive because they know they’re playing well,” he added.

“That’s the secret, you keep playing the way you’re doing, cut out the basic errors and you’ll get results. The performance levels are really high.

“I can’t ask any more than they way they’re playing and I think everybody recognises that. The level of football we’re playing at the minute is really high, we just have to cut out the basic errors. Regarding training and playing, there’s no way I could have got any more out of them.”

Looking back at the nine-minute period in which the Blues scored once and conceded three in the second half against the Robins, he added: “That was a bit silly, a bit unprofessional from us, conceding a goal after we’ve scored. As I said before, the second goal was the one which really riled me.”

Did he feel his side were a bit shell-shocked after that? “We still gave it a go. Goals give you a body blow, you’ve got to come back from it.

“We kept on pushing and pushing to try and get the goal, it never materialised and we got beaten but we shouldn’t have been in that position, we shouldn’t have drawn it, let alone lost it. We move on and go to the next one.”

“He added: “It’s my job to keep them upbeat and anybody that knows me, I’m not one to get down too often.”

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kozmik added 12:12 - Nov 30
I sincerely believe this is the guy who will get us out of League 1

TimmyH added 12:30 - Nov 30
Totally agree...the big matches are against those teams mentioned and have to be played like cup finals. If we can get anything from matches like we have coming up will be a bonus!

Must keep believing...

positivity added 12:35 - Nov 30
think we need to get promoted into that league, we're not in it yet!

Len_Brennan added 15:04 - Nov 30
The loss at home to Bristol City having twice led, following the 4 dropped points to Reading & Preston, has really hurt our already dwindling chances of survival following the disaster that was the Hurst era. With far more difficult games (on paper at least) ahead between now and January, we could conceivably find ourselves even further adrift from Championship safety than the current 6/7 points, despite playing a better & more positive brand of football, by the time the transfer window opens, and with 6 fewer games left from which to get points.
In such circumstances, and obviously I very much hope we are in a far healthier state by then, I would be cautious about spending millions on transfer targets that might come here. Bringing in a goal scoring centre forward, with the quality we need, could be particularly difficult. Who, at that level, is going to want to join a seemingly doomed Championship club on a full contract? Unless the wages offered are far beyond our current structure, I would say there is little to no chance. And even then, what happens if we do go down? Such a player would be in the driving seat when negotiating a contract & be unlikely to agree to a wage drop to Division 1 levels in that event. There are some serious long-term considerations that ME and PL have to give, for the good of the club.
Bringing a current Premier League (upper Championship/Foreign League) reserve in on loan would seem to be the most sensible option, as it would allow us to add the requisite quality, but with minimal medium term consequences in the event that we don’t beat the drop. For that reason, we shouldn’t be looking for a transfer fee ‘war chest’ in January, more a willingness to pay perhaps over the odds wages for 4 ½ months or so.
Due to the high number of loan players we have had here already (thanks PH), I can see PL exercising his ability to cut short the deal for Edun in January, as is being speculated elsewhere. Graham is obviously not coming back, nor can Jonny Walters unfortunately; but with only 5 loans allowed in the match day squad it would make sense for PL to make some further more room where he can.
I know this is quite a pessimistic post. I was really thrilled with Freddie’s 2nd goal on Wednesday, a cracking strike right after conceding a comical o.g. It demonstrated a resilience, strength of character & belief that made me think we can really do this, against all the odds. But the following 6 minutes knocked the stuffing out me! I think Paul Lambert is the right manager to sort out the club, but it will take a bit of patience and I am now accepting of the likelihood that relegation will be our fate come May. Unless we have managed to close the gap on at least 3 of the sides directly above us by the end of New Year’s Day, I don’t think we should jeopardise vital targeted transfer dealings in the summer, by spending millions on whatever transient players are available in January & who are unlikely to play any part in next season but would cost even more of our meagre funds when paying up impractical contracts.

Suffolkboy added 15:09 - Nov 30
Nearly all the arrows are turning to point in the right direction now , quite an achievement and one we should all fully recognise !
The ground was sucked from beneath the feet of so many throughout ITFC it's bound to take rather more time to rebuild and restore collegiate and personal confidence BUT there's lots if signs PL & co are not only doing a great job but having a measure of success .
Come on you Blues ,we want to believe in you and see your efforts rewarded in the weeks ahead !

Northstandveteran added 16:00 - Nov 30
At this moment in time, looking at the table, I would say that we are in a mini league of one.

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