Lambert: Seven Out of Ten So Far
Friday, 20th Nov 2020 12:29
Seven out of 10, that’s how boss Paul Lambert rates the third-placed Blues' start to their 2020/21 campaign.
Town have played 11 League One games, seven wins, one draw and three defeats, and find themselves behind leaders Peterborough, who have played one more match, by three points and two off second-placed Hull City, who have completed the same number of fixtures.
“We’re three points off it and we’ve got a game in hand,” Lambert said. “So we’re right in the mix at the minute.
“What I’m really happy about is how we’re playing, the way we’re playing and the style we’ve got, and the way the lads have taken to it. I’m really happy with that.
“There’s a lot of young guys in it, a lot of good guys in it. The start with what happened in the last six or seven months, with the lockdown and things like that, has been really good.
“So I’m really happy how they’ve come back regarding that side of it, happy how we’ve started in the league with the football we’re playing.
“We’ve had a lot of control with games. Yes, we lost to Sunderland and Lincoln, but there was a lot of incredible decisions, if you saw the games there were incredible decisions that went against us on those given days.
“So, football-wise really happy, unhappy with the injuries we get but I understand it because of the pandemic and the amount of time people had off. And even when the guys come back, you’re never quite sure how their muscles are standing up to it.
“So that’s a concern because I think that will happen from now until the end of the season, you’re going to pick up so many injuries. I’m at seven out of 10 how we’ve started.”
Following the weekend fixtures, goalkeeper-coach Jimmy Walker said on Twitter that he believes League One is an average division and “if we don’t finish top four minimum we might as well wrap up”, adding in a later, now removed, tweet that “we’re still third and we’ve been decidedly average at best so far, so that bodes well.”
Quizzed on those comments, Lambert said: “I’ll let you ask Jimmy that because I don’t know anything about social media, I don’t touch it, I couldn’t spell it, I’m not interested in it. Jimmy’s comments I haven’t a clue, you’re better speaking to him.
“I’m not getting involved in any social stuff. I don’t believe it and I don’t know who writes it, I don’t want to know about somebody going for a newspaper in the morning at half-eight, I’m not interested in it.
“I’m quite happy just doing my own thing, looking after the guys here and I’ll concentrate on what’s in front of me.”
Lambert played down concerns that the Blues have lost five of their last seven in all competitions.
“As I said before, in the Sunderland game the decisions were incredible and the Lincoln game as well with the penalty,” he said.
“Portsmouth, it was blatant offside. As I said, I’ve spoken to Mike Jones [the national group director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL)] about everything with the refereeing. And the cup game at Crawley was a team of babies basically, so I’ve no problem.”
Does he believe there is additional pressure now because Town are out of all the cup competitions?
“I don’t really feel pressure,” he insisted. “I don’t really feel anything really, I just concentrate on what’s here and I’ve lived with that all my days playing at the clubs I did.
“I don’t feel it because I don’t get involved with any outside influences really, I just concentrate on it here and the training and the games and I just do my best.”
Given the likely lack of opportunities following the cup exits, will he now be looking to send out some of his younger fringe players out on loan once the window opens in January?
“Yes, but people have got to want them as well that’s the big thing,” he said. “You can only let them go on loan if people actually want them and one or two are out at the minute. But you still need people to actually want them to go.”
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