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Vincent-Young, Rowe and Lankester Making Progress
Friday, 28th Feb 2020 10:06

Kane Vincent-Young and Danny Rowe are both making good progress as they recover from injury but won’t be ready to make the trip to Blackpool on Saturday, while manager Paul Lambert says one or two players have “little knocks” ahead of the visit to Bloomfield Road and Jack Lankester is back out on the grass but is unlikely to feature this season.

Lambert says key midfielder Flynn Downes is fine despite appearing to suffer a groin problem during last week’s 1-0 defeat to Oxford United.

“I think he just slipped in the middle of the pitch, he’s OK,” he said. “There are one or two little knocks but we’ll assess them this morning to see how they are.”

Town will be without striker Kayden Jackson who will serve the first game of a three-match ban having been sent off last week.

Lambert explained why the Blues ultimately decided not to appeal his dismissal: “I don’t think we could have appealed because I think the footage wasn’t conclusive enough.

“You’ve really got to prove the referee was wrong and I couldn’t see enough on the footage to go against it.

“And I didn’t want to risk the rule of maybe getting another game on top of it. It would have been different if the game had been on TV or a Sky game and we had different angles but I couldn’t see whether it was intentional or unintentional.

“Kayden said it wasn’t but it’s word against word, you’ve got to have that evidence of footage.

“Kayden’s not that type of player, that’s the thing I don’t get, he’s not the type of player to go out of his way and stamp on somebody or hurt somebody.”

Lambert admits it’s frustrating to have Jackson missing for the games while his fellow joint-top scorer James Norwood, they have both scored 11 times this season, is also sidelined having undergone groin surgery.

“Yes, but his disappointment is somebody else’s good fortune to go and try and perform,” he said. “It’s a blow, James and Kayden being out, but it’s a chance for somebody else to go and perform.”

Quizzed on whether he might change his system due to the suspension, Lambert added: “We had a chat with the guys, we spoke to them and everybody just said ‘Put the ball in the net’, regardless whether that’s strikers, midfielders or defenders.

"The football they’ve been playing, they’ve enjoyed the football and when we’re on top like that, you’ve got to score.

“There’s not too much wrong with the way we’re playing, it’s just taking those chances, if anything comes to you, you’ve got to be more ruthless in that box.”

Regarding Vincent-Young, who is on the way back after his second groin operation, Lambert added: “He’s on the grass with Danny Rowe [who had minor knee surgery], the two of them are doing really well with the physios and the fitness guys.

“They’re doing really well, Kane is kicking balls as well. The good thing about Kane is that he’s a naturally fit lad. His game time will be down but he’s a naturally fit guy.

“Again, kicking the ball is a bonus because that was giving him problems but he’s in a good place, so we’ll just monitor him next week.”

Lankester has missed the whole season so far having required surgery on a stress fracture in his back.

“He’s doing well, what an injury that was as well,” Lambert said. “He’s doing alright, he’s on the grass, he’s out there but he’s not got any pain I think for the first time in a long, long while, which is great.

“I don’t think you’ll see Jack until next season in pre-season. But the pain’s not there, which is a massive, massive thing for him.”

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Linkboy13 added 10:18 - Feb 28
KVY is crucial to saving our season but must not be rushed back. If Bishop is fit enough to be on the bench he must start. I see players contracts are on hold to the end of the season why wasn't the managers.

BeattiesBackPocket added 10:19 - Feb 28
Finally some great news. KVY and Lankaster for me are two of not many championship class players we have and will be great to get in the team.

GiveusaWave added 10:22 - Feb 28
Agree with BeattiesBackPocket....feel that a fit KVY and Lankester would have made a huge difference to our season. Probably the two best players at the club right now....

MrTown added 10:39 - Feb 28
“We had a chat with the guys, we spoke to them and everybody just said ‘Put the ball in the net’.

Some serious tactical knowledge right there.

Chrisd added 10:53 - Feb 28
Lots putting pressure on KVY, it's a tough ask to be out of the game for so long and expect him to pick up where he left off, prior to the injury. He might be naturally fit, but he's going to lack match sharpness. He'll need time to find his feet (excuse the pun) again. It's going to be Edwards for the foreseeable.

Karlosfandangal added 11:05 - Feb 28
Our Season is done Portsmouth Coventry and Fleetwood will beat us, a draw at Blackpool, so by the time they are up to speed it will be far too late.

Time to put out the players who will be playing next season, However does that mean dropping Downes and not playing Dobra as they will be gone next year but playing Chambers and Skuse.
Lots of points to play for some will say yet if the team does make Play Off can anyone really see them beating Sunderland or Portsmouth or Peterborough etc

Total Failure this season. Can't get excited about the club as we have a few season to come in this poor league

Pecker added 11:10 - Feb 28
We need you boys. Come to our rescue, please.

ITFCsince73 added 12:11 - Feb 28
Linkboy maybe the manager isn’t the problem?

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