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Lambert: You Need Wins, That's the Nature of the Game
Friday, 19th Feb 2021 11:32

Manager Paul Lambert admits he needs to win some games at present with his position at Town looking ever more tenuous.

The Blues, 11th in League One with the division's form team Oxford at Portman Road on Saturday, have won just just three of their last 10 matches and four of their last 14, and most recently picked up back-to-back victories in October.

Asked whether he needs some wins to save his job, Lambert said: “I think that's the nature of the game, you need to win games. It doesn't matter how you do it, you need to win games.

“If you win ugly, great. If you win playing magic football like the Man City way, then even better. But just win the game, that’s what we have to get the focus on, just win the game.”

Asked whether he might change his footballing principles to get some results and ease the pressure, he said: “We'll try everything we can to win. We’ve got footballers in the team and that's what we try and do, we try and use footballers.

“We try and do everything we can, we try and mix it up if we can. But as I said, the lads will be ready for the game tomorrow, that's for sure.”

Lambert said after the 2-0 home win over Blackpool that that could mark a turning point but since then the Blues were defeated 2-1 at Peterborough and drew 0-0 with Northampton.

Town are still to beat any side in the top 10 at the time other than Accrington, losing the other nine games against those teams.

Could a win against eighth-placed Oxford - who have lost only once in 13 in the league and recently went on a run of nine successive victories - instead be that turning point? Lambert says he’s currently taking each match as it comes.

“I think one game at a time in this moment,” Lambert continued. “If we win on Saturday, we don't think we're going to win the league and we don't think we're going to get in the play-offs.

“It's one game at a time. I think we're four points off it and a couple of games in hand with 20-odd games left to go. There's still a helluva long way to go, but we need to try and get inroads into it, and we need to try and get that win where hopefully it turns.”

Has anything different been done at Playford Road in the days since the Northampton disappointment? Additional meetings, anything like that?

“We’ve spoken as groups throughout the season, as you always do," he said. “You speak individually, you speak as groups. I don’t have a problem with the guys’ attitude or anything, the way they’re going about it and trying to everything they can to turn it around.

“They believe they can get into the top six, that’s the biggest factor as they believe they can get into the top six.”

While the top six remains a realistic target, the gap increased to five points after Wednesday's fixtures, the top two, now 12 points away with only 20 games left, looks out of reach.

“You keep going, you never give up,” Lambert said when asked whether he felt that was now the case. “Your attitude might be different to mine, you might be a quitter, I’m not. I’ll fight for it.”

Reflecting on matches coming thick and fast, Saturday-Tuesday, until late March, Lambert says there’ll be no time for a break.

“I guess that's the way of the world just now,” he said. “It's not ideal playing Saturday- Tuesday, Saturday-Tuesday, Saturday-Tuesday because the turnaround is incredible, and it's a lot of work for everybody at the club.

“You need all hands to the pump and I think that's for me the big thing, we need all hands to the pump for everybody to say there's a lot of work here, there's not many days off or for people to rest and you've got to try and turn it around.”

Photo: Matchday Images

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positivity added 11:41 - Feb 19
you need wins
you need phil back
you need to apologise to the fans
you need to get over yourself about players who make a mistake or disagree with you
you need to be less bone-headed about a failing formation

Radlett_blue added 11:43 - Feb 19
For the first time in my life, I think I will probably be happier if Town lose in the knowledge it should bring the end of Lambert's disastrous tenure to an end. And no, I don't think I'll watch the game.

CrockerITFC added 11:55 - Feb 19
Lambert out

heathen66 added 12:02 - Feb 19
Unfortunately expect to see Chambers and Ward back for their experience (even if it is bad experience), despite the 'youngsters' keeping a second clean sheet in a row !!!

Need to set up to win and not wait for 70mins + before changing.
Forget holding midfielders (we have 4 defenders and GK to stop goals) and play a solid 4-4-2
You never know...it might just work.
Get Norwood and Jackson to start as a pair, and then you can bring a sub on (Parrot / Drinan) if they are tired (lol !!!)
Play 2 CMs and 2 Wide Mids...as you said before it is not Rocket Science !!!
Simple 4-4-2 and every knows what to do....SIMPLE !!!

ArnieM added 12:04 - Feb 19
I’m genuinely not interested in anything Lambert has to say now, because it’s all spin and anything he may say that might of note , is far , far too late. That ship has sailed .

MrJase_79 added 12:12 - Feb 19

ITFC Manager Paul Lambert uses "footballers" to try and win games of football.

dyersdream added 12:35 - Feb 19
You need to resign !!

azuremerlangus added 12:43 - Feb 19
Talk about stating the bleeding obvious.

As Albert Steptoe once said to Harold: "Son, I'm older than you are"

sospier added 13:02 - Feb 19
Of course we need to win games but it’s something you’ve failed to do due to your incompetence.Nothing more to add.As they say “every picture tells a story.”.

cooper442 added 13:30 - Feb 19
To be honest even if we managed to get promoted, I still wouldn't want this man to stay in charge!

Paramedic added 16:12 - Feb 19
Need to win games? Is this a new thing?

TimmyH added 16:15 - Feb 19
Your managerial record says you don't...and yet you somehow go from club to club still picking up the reigns and filling your bank account up!

surgery added 19:56 - Feb 19
Christ, there’s no flies on this guy after all

Murphys_Law added 09:31 - Feb 20
For crying out loud play two up front and have a proper go at teams. I’d rather go down 4-3 aka Joe Royal style than endure this miserable one up top set up.

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