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Lambert: A Win's a Win But it Won't Change the Negativity
Saturday, 5th Dec 2020 18:19

A win’s a win was manager Paul Lambert’s assessment after Town came from behind to beat 10-man Plymouth 2-1 at Home Park but believes the victory won’t “change the negativity” he said was attached to the club earlier in the week.

Jon Nolan and Kayden Jackson netted two goals in two minutes to see the Blues to the win after the Pilgrims had been reduced to 10 men after Danny Mayor’s red card.

Having seen the draw at Oxford as a step in the right direction, Lambert was asked whether he viewed today’s win as another.

“Yes, it’s a win, it’s a win,” he said. We move on to the next game.”

Was he happy with the performance? “Yes, we’re sitting third, I think, joint-third. That’s not bad. We move on.”

Was he not taken with the display? “No, there’s just things going through my head, it’s fine, it’s OK.”

Quizzed on whether he was pleased with the resilience his team showed to turn the game around, he responded: “As I said before, I’m proud of the guys, the way we play good football when we’ve so many problems back home.

“We had a good game, we didn’t deserve to be down 1-0. We should have had a penalty, that was incredible. The guys deserve so much credit.”

Asked how much character it took to stage the comeback, he said: “[From] the team, yes, but we’ll not change the negativity, not change it. But for those guys, brilliant.

“We lost two games and I think everybody thought we were going to sink to the bottom of the table and we’re sitting third.


“We don’t have the guys in the treatment room, they’re still to come back. We’ve so many guys injured, big guys. It’s not as if it’s the young guys you don’t rely on, it’s big guys that make a massive contribution. Will it change the negativity? No it won’t.”

Lambert had asked for his side to be more ruthless in both boxes and Nolan and Jackson both took their opportunities clinically.

“Great. I thought we started the game really well, we dominated the ball and they sat off us and they got a goal with their first real attack,” he said.

“We should have had a penalty [when Jack Lankester was fouled], how it wasn't a penalty I don’t know.

“And then it was just a matter of keeping doing what they were doing and try to force the game and then getting the goals, we were getting in some great areas. The contribution from the sub guys was big, we made the right calls and we got the win.”

Regarding the finishes, he added: “Nolo was really good, Nolan’s busy, he’s really good. Kayden, I thought maybe should have pulled the trigger in the first half when he was played right through. But the kid’s not played much football, so he’s still trying to find his feet. I thought his goal was excellent. Very good.”

Did he feel his side was getting on top even before Mayor, who Lambert tried to bring to Portman Road after he left Bury in the summer of 2019, was dismissed? “Yes, in the first half they were dropping off and we were getting in some good areas.

“I thought Kayden maybe should have pulled the trigger earlier than he should. Dobs should have done better when he went through [just before half-time], so there were good moments there, good possibilities. But it was just a matter of keeping going and keeping going.”

Lambert was pleased with Armando Dobra’s lively display, the Albanian U21 international having drawn the foul which led to Mayor’s red card.

“Yes, I think that’s what you get with him,” he said. “I think Dobs at the minute still plays street football, that’s probably a compliment to him. He plays street football.

Lambert says Aaron Drinan missed out having joined the already lengthy injury list: “That was bizarre because it was a recovery day so he never trained with us. He just felt a little twinge in his hamstring. As I’ve said to you, you can have all the best medical team in the world and things like that happen.”

Asked whether there is any chance of anyone being back for next week’s home game against Portsmouth, he said: “I don’t think so, no. I don’t know if any will come back. I don’t see it.”

One piece of good news yesterday was Andre Dozzell signing a new contract which runs to the summer of 2024.

“Yes, I never knew until yesterday morning,” Lambert said. “Great for the club because we don’t have the money to go and buy guys and Andre at 20 years old is getting better and better and better. He’s still developing.

“The club can’t go out and buy somebody in this environment. He’s a really good footballer.”

Lambert agreed that the 21-year-old has come on since becoming a regular in the side this season.

“Yes, without a doubt,” he said. “I think people forget when they look at him. He’s every bit as young as Luke Woolfenden, he’s a young guy who is learning and developing and he’s got to get physically stronger, which he will as he gets older. And he’ll get better. But regarding being a footballer, he’s got all the attributes.”

How good can the former England U20 international be? “Only he’ll decide how his future’s going to go but he’s a really good kid, a good footballer and hopefully his career goes the right way.”

Asked what the win means to him, he said: “I know what it means to me and to the guys and the staff. I know what it means to them.

“We came here, we had the team that we have and the guys that we have at the minute, it’s incredible how they’re doing. We just keep trying.”

Having said the win won’t change the negativity, Lambert was asked what would. A run of wins? “No, I know what needs to be changed but I’ll keep those thoughts to myself.”


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bluelodgeblue added 18:23 - Dec 5
He didn’t know until yesterday regarding Dozzels deal?????
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AlfBuksh added 18:25 - Dec 5
Was he drunk when answering these questions??!!
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martin587 added 18:25 - Dec 5
Well done for going two up front.Just goes to show the difference.Welcome three points Paul.👌
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therein61 added 18:26 - Dec 5
Yes keep your thoughts to yourself P.L ban him Phil.
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azuremerlangus added 18:29 - Dec 5
Strange comments - appears to be hard done by?

I'm on the fence with all the recent shenanigans, but ultimately if we don't get promoted he has failed.
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Bert added 18:29 - Dec 5
An unusual interview response from Lambert, more in the Jose mould. I don’t blame him for clipped answers, less is best when your words are picked over. Perhaps he has reflected on his unwarranted attack on the media and simply played a straight bat. Whatever his reasons, I have no problem with what he had to say but I’m sure others will look for fault.
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Mark added 18:32 - Dec 5
Firstly, great to win, we really needed that.

“No, I know what needs to be changed but I’ll keep those thoughts to myself.”

What could Lambert mean here? The fans need to be changed?

Here is step 1 to changing the negativity: invite Phil Ham back to the press conferences and apologise to him.
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blues1 added 18:37 - Dec 5
Bluelodgeblue. Whycwould he know about dozzell deal? Not his dept. Thats between Evan's, dozzell and his agent. In years gone by itd have been different, when managers dealt with everything within the club. Not nowadays tho.
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Europablue added 18:38 - Dec 5
The best way to dispel the negativity is to keep quiet about it and let the results do the talking and continue playing two up top. A good away win in the end. Let's see how we do against Portsmouth.
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TWBlue added 18:39 - Dec 5
Well thanks Paul, I’m back on board!
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Daz added 18:39 - Dec 5
Well done on the win but comment will undermine that
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ghostofescobar added 18:40 - Dec 5
“I know what needs to be changed but I’ll keep those thoughts to myself” - how very odd. Is this upping the clubs campaign against TWTD? Or does he mean he knows he has to go?
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Len_Brennan added 18:40 - Dec 5
Strange interview, but after the last 2 that he has given, he was right to be cautious & hold his tongue a bit, not just for his sake, but for all of us.
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Northstandveteran added 18:43 - Dec 5
I really don't think their are any fans in the country that back their team, the players, the manager the way town fans do.

The only way to stop the negativity is to win games.

It's really that simple.
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Northstandveteran added 18:43 - Dec 5
#there
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WhoisJimmyJuan added 18:58 - Dec 5
Is he attacking the fans? The media? Evans? Or has he had enough? Intriguing.
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dominiciawful added 19:06 - Dec 5
Lambert out.
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jas0999 added 19:13 - Dec 5
We were struggling until the sending off. So, PL is correct I doubt the negativity will change and rightly so. Lamberts overall record and performance recently, added to Evans continued naivety and delusional behaviour, suggests things won’t change after one win. The club is so far distanced from the fans it is unreal. Reinstating Phil Ham would be a step in the right direction.
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londontractorboy57 added 19:17 - Dec 5
The negativity arrived Paul when numskull fans could sit behind there keyboards and stoke vitriol on the arrival of social media.
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Suffolkboy added 19:18 - Dec 5
Some thing appears really amiss with PL .and his current view of life generally and at ITFC .He might be suffering from ‘depression ‘ and feeling undervalued perhaps because he isn’t getting his own way over everything .
The background rumblings obviously run deeper than anyone wants to discuss ,or perhaps to surface/ resurface .It’s reasonable to think back to PL’s employment when ME laid down his requirements re existing personnel .BK plainly exercises his authority about training and training methods at Playford Rd with the younger element ,and maintains the need to expose players there to technical practice , widespread skills and technique ,as well as adapting to various styles and formations .Is this at the root of what we see from PL.? — and why isn’t he confident or man enough to open up ,also show some humility and get the PH situation sorted ?
Get a grip PL , be more trusting ,take everyone into the equation .
The atmosphere must change : sulking ,looking to blame others , hiding behind the truth will not improve anything for anyone , let alone Paul Lambert .He must find a way out of the cul de sac.
COYB
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LWNR2013 added 19:18 - Dec 5
Winning will always change the negativity. We win, I’m happy, we lose I’m grumpy.
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alfromcol added 19:20 - Dec 5
jas0999 "Some of the fans"
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BromleyBloo added 19:21 - Dec 5
“No, I know what needs to be changed but I’ll keep those thoughts to myself.”

The Owner................how else can you even begin to rub out the cloying despair of the last 13 years!!!
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TimmyH added 19:25 - Dec 5
Up to you Lambert to change it...put in some consistent decent performances and I'll be more optimistic.
Even though we won today could have easily lost or at best got a draw if not for the sending off...up to that point we only had 1 shot on target.
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Dear_oh_Dear added 19:28 - Dec 5
No, it won't!
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