“In the situation we are in we have to have leaders and characters, people who are going to fight and scrap,” said Gary Waddock. “We are too nice. We have got to be nasty and I’ve got to make some decisions that are going to be difficult.”
Archives for December 2009
For Walsall – and, unbelievably, some City fans – to criticise Paul Lambert for the postponement of the game at the Banks’ Stadium was just plain wrong.
Coming a close second, of course, would have to be Boxing Day 2003. Not for the game; a relatively drab 1-0 win over Forest. But more for that Huckerby-moment, when the great man came onto the pitch and the news that he had indeed signed for us was made official.
“This morning the fog was dense as well, so yes there may be more ways to make sure fans don’t travel a long way for a match that never takes place,” said a disappointed City boss afterwards.
“They know the system, Gilly came in and did really, really fine and young Tom came on and did well as well. Whoever I seem to throw on at the moment, they never let me down.”
“Walsall is a tough place to go and they didn’t play this weekend so they’ll be fresh but we’re going there with confidence. Charlton have a tough away game at Brentford so you never know.”
“He’s brilliant,” said Paul Lambert on the supremely talented Irishman. “His performances have been excellent and he’s been unplayable at times. He can make things happen and that’s a rare commodity in football these days.”
“I feel as good as I have done for a long while – it’s just a case of playing regular games,” said Drury, ahead of the Boxing Day clash with the Lions. “I’ve probably played as many games this season already as I have done in two seasons total so I’m feeling fantastic.
It’s Millwall next up for City on Boxing Day and another chance to rack up another three points and an eighth successive home win. The Londoners will, however, be in good spirits after earning a 4-4 draw at The Valley and I expect Kenny Jackett’s men to be strong during the second half of the season.
“It was never going to be a case of Charlton turning up and beating them because Millwall are a decent side. Nothing surprises me. I’m sure they will come here fit and ready that’s for sure.”
“Norwich will be there or thereabouts,” said Terriers boss Lee Clark afterwards. “They have a Premiership facility and Paul has come in and done a great job, but we more than matched them.”
“I don’t really know what I was doing,” he joked afterwards. “I just tried to get a strong contact on it and it just ended up skidding off my foot… And I’d just thought: ‘Goal!’ I saw Wes with the ball and thought if I just keep onside here I can just tap this in at the far post, but it didn’t work out.”
“I thought they were extraordinary,” said City boss Paul Lambert, afterwards as the Canaries racked up their seventh straight home success and continued to drive onwards and upwards. “Particularly after Southampton. To go out there; the long journey back and everything. I thought they were extraordinary.”
“The lads are playing well and we won’t be changing our play for them,” said City boss Paul Lambert on the eve of Huddersfield’s visit to Carrow Road. “With our form we can win the game.” It could be quite some contest…
They would have had no problem selling 3,000 tickets – which is what Leeds got I’m told – for League One’s East Anglian derby, but obviously that is now not going to be the case.
“It’s hard. I don’t like sitting on the bench, I don’t want to be there but you just have to get on with it and hope your time will come,” said the Scot.
“As I’ve said before if there are lads carrying knocks then I’ve got to watch their welfare and protect some of them from playing a lot of games,” said the City chief.
“They know my thoughts on it,” said City chief Paul Lambert, speaking after an eventful afternoon in south Somerset. “But as I said, it was a battling performance, terrific spirit and they are a group of lads who keep going for you.”
There are plenty of things I could be gloomy about, as there always are when you’re a glass-half-empty-and-by-the-way-there’s-a-chip-in-the-rim type of person. But they’re currently being outweighed by the sense of optimism inspired by City’s form and momentum.
“It’s really good, I have settled in really quickly which is great; it can sometimes take a while,” said loan defender Russell Martin. “I’m still in a hotel at the moment but I’ll be moving into a new place next week so it’s all good.”