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Lambert: There Will Be Bumps Along the Way
Thursday, 3rd Oct 2019 14:21

Boss Paul Lambert has sought to temper the growing expectation among fans generated by the Blues’ excellent start to the season which sees his still unbeaten side top League One by two points after 10 games.

Asked whether he understood why supporters are starting to get excited, Lambert says the media play a role in that.

“You guys fuel it as well, you put it right out there,” he said. “You think we're Barcelona at the minute which is unbelievable because I told you at the end of the season that there will be bumps along the way. It makes me laugh when I see some of your stuff.”

While agreeing it’s a good thing that fans are in such a chipper mood after several more negative years, he added: “Absolutely, but there's got to be a realism. If you can just say it now again, it might help everybody.

“But the fans are on a crest of a wave and the biggest thing for me - and I don't care what anybody says, the results may have been brilliant - is bringing the fans back to the stadium and the town back to the club or the club back to the town, whatever way you want to view it.

“That for me, has probably been the biggest achievement of the whole thing. The results have been great and if we can keep carrying that on, but the biggest thing for me was getting that support back that's connected with the club.”
While the Blues have had good spells in games, does he believe his side is yet to put in a really dominating 90-minute performance?
“Name me one game you've watched where a team has dominated for 90 minutes. Name me one. Bayern Munich’s 7-2 win at Spurs? It wasn't because Tottenham played really well in the first half and Bayern Munich ended up scoring seven, so name me one game where teams dominated for 90 minutes. Unbelievable.
“I'll tell you how many I've done – none. Whether that's playing career or management career, I've never dominated a game for 90 minutes.

“It's not going to happen. I wouldn't sit here and sharped your pencil saying we're going to play 90 minutes absolutely brilliantly, it isn't going to happen.

“I've never seen one, the closest team I've seen to perfection is Barcelona when Pep [Guardiola] was there or the Brazil 82 team. But I've never seen a team dominate a game for 90 minutes and if there is one I hope I'm in the stadium to watch it because it'll be great to watch it.”

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chicoazul added 14:32 - Oct 3
Real-Ajax 1995. Also I hope Paul never watches the video of us against Man U the same year.

VanDusen added 14:43 - Oct 3
In fairness we had the first 15 mins of that til they scored...

Elmswell_Blue added 15:21 - Oct 3
I'm still angry about goal number 8 - it should never have been given as the referee should have had the free kick taken again.

Ipswichbusiness added 15:45 - Oct 3
How about Ipswich v Arsenal FA Cup Final 1978? They dominated the first five minutes and the last five minutes and we had everything in-between. If it hadn’t been for Pat Jennings and the woodwork, we’d have slaughtered them.

Unhinged_dynamo added 16:53 - Oct 3
man city were only dominant for 89mins v Watford..

phillymark added 17:59 - Oct 3
Damn right Pragmatic. Score stays 7-0 and who knows what might happen? The 8th goal ruined any come back chance

BlueandTruesince82 added 19:14 - Oct 3
Man Utd Ipswich 9-0? Sorry to bring it up but if you want to make a point

SamWhiteUK added 09:34 - Oct 4
Oh hi BlueandTrue, nice to see you're keeping up

Gavla added 14:44 - Oct 4
Of course there will be bumps. But for now, the highs of topping a table, some good football at times and seeing fans return is a good start! Long may it continue

algarvefan added 22:14 - Oct 4
I'll tell you what I'm happy about and that is we are trying to play football the right way, the Ipswich way. As long as we do that we'll be OK.

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