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Lambert Vows to Field Strong Team at Accrington
Thursday, 6th Dec 2018 14:43

Blues boss Paul Lambert says he'll field a team “as strong as I can” in the FA Cup third round tie away against League One Accrington Stanley in January.

“Tough, every game is tough,” the Town manager said. “It isn’t something that shocks me. We go there and will try and get through.

“It’s a tough game, a small ground, I’ve been there before with Wycombe so I know exactly what it’s like. Just like anywhere in a cup tie it’s a one-off game and you try and get through.”

He believes it’s important for the Blues to get a victory against Stanley as any win can breed confidence: “It becomes contagious when you win games. First and foremost we have to concentrate on the games before, the cup game will take care of itself. But I’ll certainly go as strong as I can.”

The Blues’ last victory in the FA Cup came back in January 2010 when they beat Blackpool 2-1 in the third round at Bloomfield Road during Roy Keane’s time in charge.

Last season Town were beaten 1-0 at home by Sheffield United, their 13th match without a victory in the competition they won for the only time in 1978.

Regarding confirmation of Janoi Donacien’s permanent leave to remain, which when it comes will turn the St Lucian’s loan into a full-time switch from Stanley, Lambert says there has been no news: “I don’t think so at the minute, I think that’s still ongoing.”

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Metal_Hacker added 14:57 - Dec 6
Have we still got a strong team ?

GeoffSentence added 14:57 - Dec 6
It's all well and good to say he will field a strong team, but will he have time to buy one before then?

warksonwater added 15:33 - Dec 6
Glad about this. Never agreed with MM's let's say, 'laissez faire' attitude towards the FA Cup, hence so many humiliating defeats to lower league opposition down the years. Presumably to 'concentrate on the league'. Never believed in that tired old cliché. Paul is right. Success breeds confidence and further success, and a Cup run will boost our league progress, I believe. Anyway, how many fans do not want an exciting and exhilarating Cup run?

Radlett_blue added 15:42 - Dec 6
Hmm...if we've closed the gap at the bottom slightly (don't titter!) then Accrington is sandwiched between home games against Millwall & Rotherham, which are pretty much must-wins so we shall see.

Smithy added 16:17 - Dec 6
11 new players in then!

dukey44 added 19:46 - Dec 6
So he's playing the U23 as they one of strongest teams we have at the mo?

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