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Lambert: We've Got to Get a Result at Burton
Friday, 15th Jan 2021 15:22

Manager Paul Lambert knows the Blues have to get a result against bottom club Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday.

Town go into the match eighth in League One and two points off the play-offs, despite having won only two of their last eight and standing 16th in a form table from their last 13 matches.

The Blues lost 3-2 at home to Swindon last week, the Robins having gone into the game 23rd and moving up a place as a result of their win, adding to the pressure on the Blues boss.

A loss to the Brewers would further increase that pressure and Lambert agrees that Town can't afford to lose to the bottom two on successive Saturdays.

“No, we’ve got to get a result here, got to get a result,” he said. “Burton are a hard team, new manager, they got a good result last week.

“But you’ve got to put the hard work in. Put the hard work in and you’ll be fine.

“You’ve got to win a battle before you win the war, and that’s always the case with any game of football.”

Lambert seems likely to make a few changes from the team which he felt put in their worst 45 minutes in the first half last week with a number of senior players on the way back from injury.

Dai Cornell seems likely to continue in goal with the back four probably once again, from the right, skipper Luke Chambers, Luke Woolfenden, Mark McGuinness and Stephen Ward.

In midfield, Andre Dozzell seems set to line-up in his usual deeper role and Lambert will have to decide whether Flynn Downes is ready to start having made his return from his knee injury as a half-time sub against Swindon.

If so, then Emyr Huws seems most likely to drop out with Alan Judge continuing having been among Town’s better performers last weekend.

Lambert has said Jon Nolan is unlikely to be ready for inclusion after his calf problem, while Teddy Bishop is likely to be on the bench at best having been out since November with an ankle problem, the pair having returned to training this week.

Up front, Lambert will probably start James Norwood down the middle, the striker having scored his first league goal since February last year and made a significant impression last week after being introduced from the bench at half-time.

Gwion Edwards is back in training and could return on one flank with Freddie Sears having returned a couple of weeks prior to the Welshman perhaps in line for the other wide role.

The Brewers have signed midfielder Sean Clare on loan from Oxford United, while right-back Neal Eardley has joined Barrow on the same basis and midfielder Steven Lawless has re-signed for Scottish Premiership side Motherwell. They are reported to be close to finalising the addition of striker Josh Parker from Wycombe.

Burton reappointed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as their manager on New Year’s Day following the sacking of Jake Buxton and the former Dutch international will be in charge of his first home game having previously been boss at the Pirelli Stadium between November 2014 and December 2015.

The Brewers won 1-0 at Gillingham last week courtesy of a Hayden Carter goal, a result which ended a run of five successive defeats and a streak of eight matches without a win.

Overall, Burton have won only three of their 23 league games this season, two of those at home. They have lost seven of their 11 matches at the Pirelli Stadium and have drawn two.

Town and Burton have only met seven times in competitive fixtures, all in the league in recent seasons, with Town unbeaten having won six and drawn one.

The teams most recently met at Portman Road last month - only one game ago due to their four Covid postponements - when the Blues ran out 2-1 victors. Huws’s first league goal in more than three years saw Town to the win.

Keanan Bennetts gave Town the lead in only the fourth minute but Joe Powell hit back for the Brewers on 22 with Huws heading in a scruffy rebound 10 minutes from time to hand the points to the Blues, who as a result climbed to fifth.

The last game between the sides at the Pirelli Stadium was on the opening day of last season when Luke Garbutt's deflected debut goal saw the Blues to a 1-0 victory in their first third tier game for 62 years.

Loanee Garbutt found the net in the 11th minute to see the Blues to the three points against the Brewers, who were reduced to 10 men late on when Stephen Quinn was red-carded for two bookable offences.

No member of the current Town squad has played for Burton, but former Blues striker Luke Varney rejoined them in August as player/fitness coach and has so far made three sub appearances.

Varney, 38, was at Portman Road between February 2015 to January 2017, initially on loan, and made 14 starts and 32 sub appearances, scoring five goals.

During his previous spell with the Brewers Varney, known as Reg while at Town, netted an own goal in the Blues’ 2-1 Championship win at the Pirelli Stadium in April 2017. Burton midfielder Stephen Quinn is the brother of ex-Blue Alan.

Saturday’s referee is Neil Hair from Cambridgeshire, who has shown 66 yellow cards and one red in 16 games last season.

Hair’s most recent Town match was the Papa John’s Trophy tie at home to Arsenal’s U21s in September in which he booked Nolan and one of the visitors.

He was also at Portman Road in August for the pre-season friendly against West Ham with his previous Town league match the 1-0 defeat to Fleetwood at Portman Road in March last year in which he booked Blues skipper Chambers and one opposition player.

Hair was also the man in the middle for the 1-1 home draw with Sunderland in August 2019 in which he yellow-carded Kayden Jackson and one Black Cat.

Squad from: Cornell, Holy, Chambers (c), Donacien, Ward, Kenlock, McGuinness, Woolfenden, Nsiala, Dozzell, Downes, Judge, Bishop, Huws, Lankester, Dobra, Sears, Edwards, Norwood, Hawkins, Jackson, Drinan.

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dirtydingusmagee added 15:32 - Jan 15
Suspect it will be another fast paced thrilling game, and he will again avoid the noose with a result by a lucky goal .Lose and it really will be the last straw.

MonkeyAlan added 15:33 - Jan 15
State the obvious why don't you Lambert. If we don't get the win tomorrow, no way should you be here Monday.

Scuzzer added 15:48 - Jan 15
...and what result would you want...a loss, a draw or a win.

masetheace added 16:06 - Jan 15
Hope his "morally wrong to be playing " quote doesn't rub off on the team

hoppy added 16:07 - Jan 15
If the game isn’t in any doubt about going ahead, then we’ll DEFINITELY get a result... that’s 100% guaranteed. It’s a WIN we need here, nothing less.

WhoisJimmyJuan added 16:17 - Jan 15
Cornelly and Chambers n the starting XI straightaway. And he wonders why the negativity.

norfolkbluey added 16:41 - Jan 15
What Lambert has said is now written in stone so it is now down to the team to win and put a smile on everyone's faces after all that's what we all want surely. I have never stopped wanting PL and the team to win so COYB. If the team lose we all lose and PL will surely have to pack his bags.

runningout added 16:54 - Jan 15
I’m losing interest.

Nobbysnuts added 16:59 - Jan 15
You don't say Mr lambert....God your up front by any chance???????

dirtydingusmagee added 17:00 - Jan 15
theres snow hope for us.

timkatieadamitfc added 17:15 - Jan 15
Yes your right we do have to get a result against the bottom side, but we should have got a result against the second bottom team at home last week (as they had not won in six yet COMFORTABLY saw us off )
Play more than one striker up front you feckin muppet or do one

airliner added 17:24 - Jan 15
Just a joke Paul , just leave your crazy tactics for Delia, are you working for her?

rgp1 added 17:31 - Jan 15
In other news dead man keeps on walking.

prebbs007 added 17:40 - Jan 15
Still no signings then ???

The crook’s hand puppet told us these would be done early. Are they scared to come and play for such a useless manager or are they waiting for a better offer or until we lose to Burton and your aaarse is kicked out ???

Once again lies upon lies from the club management group. What a joke club we have become unfortunately.

therein61 added 17:50 - Jan 15
If we need a result to save your neck then change you outlook and let players express themselves attack and stop spending time in our half passing the ball around like it's a training session.

dukey44 added 17:53 - Jan 15
OK so if we do BEAT the bottom team what changes? We still need to see change... One game against the bottom team won't change anything..

bluedispare added 18:10 - Jan 15
Lambert, I dare you to play two up front!!!!!

therein61 added 18:26 - Jan 15
Completely and utterly deluded you couldn't make it up just get it into that big head of yours they don't want to play for you any more, and that is something i thought i would never see from players in a blue shirt(apart from a couple of instances over the past few years) if you are honest then admit it and just go taking your inept 1st team staff with you we have other people in the building who will put some fire in their bellies play proper attacking formations and get some passion back into this once great club.

Suffolkboy added 18:49 - Jan 15
Let’s live in hope — of many things changing and improving - when you’re at the bottom ( of whatever ) the only way is up !

istanblue added 18:53 - Jan 15
Any real ITFC fan will want us to lose on Saturday as it will be one step closer to getting PR Paul out of our club #LambertOut #EvansOut

Lathers added 19:18 - Jan 15
No chance of 2 up front. If Jackson and Huws are starting I’m not watching. It kind of feels like a no lose gamble tomorrow. Win and I’m happy, lose and surely Lambert gets the boot?

GrimReaper66 added 19:28 - Jan 15
So, alleged promotion contenders state 'they have what it takes' to overcome the bottom side. To support this bold statement, the manger names an adventurous line up of 4-3-3-1 in the hope that it will one day eventually work.

davidsuperg added 19:42 - Jan 15
OK so if we do lose tomo our season is not over but it doesn't bode well, can you tell me the last itfc manager that lost 2 games in a row to the bottom 2 teams in the league and kept their jobs? I remember burley loosing away to grimsby and loosing his. Surely any manager worth his salt would take the moral ground and walk but this is lambert

Kirbmeister added 20:48 - Jan 15
You lot are willing us to lose.

marco5113 added 21:02 - Jan 15
1 up front. draw at best. lambert out asap.

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