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Lambert: Senior Players Are an Easy Target
Friday, 27th Nov 2020 11:58

Boss Paul Lambert believes senior players are easy targets for criticism with young players often protected when the going gets tough for a team.

Many fans have viewed Lambert’s comments regarding young players to have been too harsh this season.

Luke Woolfenden was told he needed to “start to get going and start to perform” in pre-season, a number of youngsters were left out of the first-team photo session and more recently the Blues boss was less than glowing when speaking about Brett McGavin’s performance against Shrewsbury, only the midfielder’s second league start.

Asked about those comments and whether the older players need to be held to similarly high standards, Lambert responded: “The senior lads are an easy target, they are an easy target for everybody. And that's the wrong thing to do.

“The senior lads need the young lads and the young lads need the senior lads, that's normal.

“We had a chat and we singled out a few of the older lads yesterday as well privately because it wasn't good enough with the goals, which is fine, but the older guys are an easy target.

“Young guys always get protected, always. I was a young guy myself and when I made horrendous errors, the guy next to me got the blame because he's older and that's wrong because you're in a team.

“It's very easy for younger players to hide behind older players and say ‘They’re older’, but no, that’s not the way it works.

“You have to take responsibility. If you're in a man’s world and you're playing professional football, you can’t be young. Young now is maybe 16 or 17, but when you hit your 18, 19 or 20s you start to become a little bit different, or you should be looked upon a little bit different.

“So I think that's an easy target to blame older guys and it's a team and anybody that knows me, I've never been an individual where I always think about myself or anything like that, it's the team that is the most important thing.”

Asked whether Armando Dobra, who was surprisingly left out of the 18 for Tuesday’s game and travelled with the U23s to Bristol City instead, despite the lack of central midfield players, is in with a shout of a some first team involvement soon, Lambert said: “He has to keep playing as well as he possibly can.

“I've watched the kids play and the younger kids really turn my eye when I go and watch them training. That's when it comes to me, ‘Okay this kid is really doing well’.

“Liam Gibbs is doing fantastically well, Elkan Baggott has been excellent, the kids have jumped to it.

“I watched the kids [U18s] on Monday night in the FA Youth Cup [when they won 5-0 at Chelmsford] and that level for some of them is too easy, so we have to say ‘Okay, too easy for them we need to move them up’, and those kids are doing great.

“Dobs is doing well and he's only young, he's only a baby in terms of football and he's going to go up and down, up and down, but you've got to really push for me to go ‘Okay let's have a look’.”

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Swailsey added 12:04 - Nov 27
So it makes sense for you to make the young players the easy target eh?

Lambert Out.

Carberry added 12:20 - Nov 27
You've no idea about man management, calling them 'the kids' and making them responsible is lunacy. And you were young once were you? Astonishing gibberish.

multiplescoregasms added 12:51 - Nov 27
Think you will find it's the manager who is the easy target mate. The fans will always accept honest mistakes from players, but this constant drivel from yourself is wearing thin. Time to go mate.

MonkeyAlan added 13:22 - Nov 27
The older players need to take the responsibility. They have been cr@p for the most part.

DifferentGravy added 13:26 - Nov 27
This is an easy one......not blaming the senior players...........holding you personally responsible for the tactics and formation Lambert!

keighleyblue added 13:26 - Nov 27
Yeah ok Monkey. Chambo has actually been one of the better players this season - or dont you watch the games

tractorlad01 added 13:28 - Nov 27
When senior players perform as badly as Judge and Seas do, we have every right to criticise them. Mr Lambert please leave our club you absolute muppet.

Edmundo added 16:29 - Nov 27
Senior players have a responsibility to help the younger ones. That's the way the young ones are developed. If you don't know that, and would rather the experienced players don't pull their weight, then no wonder we are going backwards and the promise shown by our youth is wilting away.

armchaircritic59 added 17:48 - Nov 27
Well PL, if you want to criticise a players performance post match, ( young or older) as you're entitled to do, please be professional and do it face to face in private.

Mingochutney added 17:59 - Nov 27
So when we play badly or lose he uses the usual line of 'helluva lot of young lads out there' as an easy excuse. But hear he says they're only young if they are 16 or 17. I'm confused🤔

Tractorboy58 added 18:26 - Nov 27
What the hell is he on about ???

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