Following the scoreless draw with Newcastle today, manager Paul Lambert has waxed lyrical about our start to the current season.
Speaking to the Official Site after watching us fail to register an attempt even near to the target, the gaffer decided to focus on the positives defensively.
Speaking about our two Premiership games so far, he explained.
‘To pick up four points from six is a terrific start for us, the start we have made has been really good. We’ve certainly taken the challenge on this season. Today, I thought we were excellent – in the first half we were excellent, all we needed was a finishing touch. Newcastle came down here last season and did a job on us. I don’t think anyone could begrudge us getting something out of that game. We had chances and I couldn’t ask for any more effort.’
Lambert continues in pretty much the same vain saying that tactically he feels we’ve had it spot on in the two games so far, but clearly it’s blindingly obvious we were missing any serious attempt on goal.
‘Fair play to them, they’ve been excellent. I couldn’t fault the way we played. We were resolute, it’s another clean sheet and there were some really big performances there. Today all we needed was a finishing touch.’
Focusing more on the defence, he had huge credit for the ‘back five’ saying we are definitely a lot ‘tougher’ now compared to previous seasons, but two clean sheets so far is a testament to not only the defence, but also the efforts of midfield to plug gaps and chase back.
One big positive obviously was the second half introduction of newbie Carlos Sanchez, and for the manager, whilst he knows he still has some way to go to really get into top shape and form, he was very pleased with his energy levels and fitness given he’s only really been back in training for a fortnight so he’s expecting good things from him moving forwrd.
‘He was fantastic, it doesn’t faze him. He’s going to be a massive player and it was great to have Joe Cole on the bench. I’ve got no doubts Carlos will adjust to the pace of it when he finds his feet.’
In further quotes carried by the Birmingham Mail, he also expanding on the ‘finishing touch’ debate, saying he was just happy we were creating opportunities, and he’s sure – especially when the return of Libor Kozak and Christian Benteke, that this will soon change in our favour.
With Leyton Orient up next in the Capital One Cup in midweek, he added.
‘We want to win it and we’ll pick a strong team to try and get through. A good cup run gives the fans something.’
Thankfully, presumably it’s not a distraction then this year, because winning breeds confidence and the more of that we can have hopefully will make all the difference moving forward.
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