Paul Lambert has said it was very harsh for us to go one nil behind against the Baggies today, but he was delighted with the crowd and the players over the 90 minutes.
Speaking to the Official Site after the 1-1 derby draw, Lambert was clearly pleased overall with our efforts:
‘I think it was harsh going behind especially after the first half. The goalkeeper has made two world class saves and when you go behind, it puts you on the back foot. I thought the response was great and the crowd were unbelievable in the way they kept with it. I am proud of them. They have been absolutely brilliant for me, I have nothing but pride in them. That’s the sign of something when you go a goal down and get a bit of a knock against you and you keep on. It’s a great trait, as long as you never wilt. You might get beat but as long as you keep going!’
Speaking more specifically about the fans, Lambert added:
‘This football club has been hurt for the past few years and we’ve come in to try and rectify it really quickly. I can sense the supporters want us to do well, they were relentless, they kept on going. I have nothing but admiration for everybody.’
As for the Benty substitution, Lambert cracked that it was a ‘world class substitution’ from him:
‘Darren has nothing to prove to me. I know what he can do and the goalscoring record he has. But as I’ve said before, I need everybody, it’s a hard league and we are going to have to use everybody. The goal was brilliant, it was a world class finish.’
Elsewhere in the media the obvious ‘is there a problem’ question has been raised, and although not covered on the OS yet, Lambert also told the wider press:
‘No, there’s no problem. He was fine at full time, I spoke to him in the dressing room as well. He was totally fine, no problem, none. Everybody is as important as anyone else.’
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