“This is the time of the season when there’s not so many games left – they’re going to be very, very tight. So the ability to handle pressure is going to be important,” said the former Reading and Watford chief, with the Swans now three points clear of the fourth-placed Canaries.
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“Marc Tierney has had to wait a wee while because of the way that Adam Drury has been playing,” Lambert told BBC Radio Norfolk afterwards. “But Adam we have to watch a little bit. And with Andrew [Surman] coming in we could push Wes up a little bit, but all over the pitch I thought we were excellent.”
But tis the nature of the football beast that with such magnificent achievement comes heightened expectations; that after ‘throwing away…’ two points at home to lowly Rovers, the Canaries will set the record straight away at Barnsley tomorrow.
“It’s about the top six; the top eight. If you go second, you might drop to fourth and then go back to fifth and then go into third. What we can’t do is get too high when we go second and too low when we’re fourth. We’re in amongst it…’ said one disappointed Championship manager tonight.
“Even if there was something within the regulations that allowed the game to be called off, what a tragic, dangerous precedent for the game that would be. There would be cases being made on a daily basis by clubs, heart-wrenching stories from clubs on injury problems. And it would be a farce.”
This isn’t good for the health… Exhausting isn’t it? All this chasing promotion, having to keep winning, last minute winner, dying seconds’ finger-tip save malarkey is playing utter havoc with my nerves. In the days of mid-table mediocrity and even those flirting with relegation times, I didn’t seem anywhere near as obsessed and ultimately […]
“I thought that was as good a performance centre-half wise as you’re going to see,” was Lambert’s verdict afterwards. “He put his body on the line; he had a terrific header at the back post where it looked a certain goal and I’m delighted for Zak because of the [injury] problems that he’s had.”
“We’re trying [to bring someone in] at the minute and hopefully something will transpire over the next few days, and hopefully we’ll get somebody in,” he said. “At this stage of the season we’ll look to bring somebody in with experience.”
“Of those six from the top eight, some are more comfortable than others,” he explained. “Swansea, Cardiff – and we can’t forget Norwich City. I think that’s eight times that they’ve managed to score a goal in stoppage time – and that’s a great sign.”
He says there are two types of bravery on a football pitch: the first and most obvious is being prepared to go in for challenges when you know there’s a fair chance you’re going to get hurt; the second is being prepared to take the ball and play it with control under pressure….
It is the loss of the popular Nelson that will niggle at the manager. But the offer of a two-and-a-half year deal for a player out of contract in the summer was just too hard to resist when Scunthorpe United came a-calling for the big-hearted centre-half last month.
“We want to win,” said Holt. “And I’m a big believer that if you’ve got the team spirit and the work ethic that he [Paul Lambert] instills into us then that’s what you get.”
There were two downsides. One was a hamstring injury to Leon Barnett; one that had a few weeks written all over it. The other was, potentially, more serious after an object was thrown from the home end and hit assistant referee Adrian Sannerude.
Reading boss Brian McDermott proved a breath of fresh air in the run-up to tomorrow’s Carrow Road clash with the Canaries – by finally giving City skipper Grant Holt the respect he is undoubtedly due. The 29-year-old featured heavily in the 3-3 draw at the Madejski earlier this season – or, at least, did until […]
“I don’t think it’s possible to make a commercial decision in football – it’s a passion,” he said, simply. “As a lifelong fan and a board member who wants to see this great club try to move forward.”
“This money will all go to help Paul and his plans for the squad, whether that be when the emergency loan window re-opens next week or in the summer – or both…
Fernando Torres’ £50 million transfer to Chelsea grabbed the headlines, of course. This afternoon and Blackburn and Darwen Council became the latest to lay out its spending plans for the forthcoming year; 1,000 job losses, three out of five adult day care centres closed, potholes to be repaired on main roads only, 20 play areas closing, 16 subsidised bus services cut…
“Performance-wise? There’s not one thing to be worried about. And, as I’ve said before, you pick yourself up and you go again.”
“Marc’s a great player and a good lad, as well,” admitted the one-time Canary skipper. “And, obviously, anyone who the Gaffer brings in means competition for places and we’ve got two or three players for every position now and I think that adds to the reasons why we’re doing so well right now…
Long, long gone are the days when anyone can ever hope to go a full, 46-game season in The Championship with just 16 players to call on. The pace and the power of the modern game is such that aches, strains, bumps and bruises are part and parcel; the speed and rate of ‘collisions’ on a football pitch have upped since the days when Swindon danced through that division.