Date: 14th July 2012 at 7:31pm
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Oh how I hated doing these last season, same old excuses, same old comments, same old BS like playing four forwards…how quickly things change!

Speaking to the Official Site after the 2-1 victory over Burton, Paul Lambert said he was delighted with both the effort, and more importantly, the quality of the lads on show today.

The boss said he was pleased to start the campaign by gifting the traveling fans a victory, and he was pleased to see our newboys settle in so well – I assume it goes without saying that he was also pleased to see our existing team work to his style of play in terms of the passing instead of constantly hoofing it!

‘I am delighted to win, first and foremost. I thought some of the football we played was great especially considering it was our first game after a week’s training. I was pleased with the effort and application and some of the football.’

Lambert was full or praise for the ethic of Burton for pushing the players as hard as they did, and added:

‘To win any game is really difficult, credit to Burton they gave it everything and played well and got the lead. But credit to my team, they cam back strongly to win the game.’

Burton certainly had the chances, one fluffed shot and Marshall’s fantastic save stand out for me, so on another day it could’ve been slightly embarrassing but we did play convincingly in both halves and did create the chances to take the victory, and had players been sharper the scoreline could easily have been higher, so we deserved it.

Lambert also took time in his interview to talk about the newbies in the team and the fans, saying:

‘It was a great goal from Brett, it really was. I thought Matty never broke sweat. He was excellent. You wouldn’t think he’s just come out of league one, his performance was really pleasing. He will do great for us, and I thought Karim, everyone can see he’s got quality in the middle of the park.’

As for the 2500 odd fans who traveled for the opening game to Lambert’s era he described them as brilliant and passionate and talked about how determined he was to give the fans something to cheer about this season – which is nice.

Burton Match Thread.

On the players missing, namely Marc Albrighton, Stephen Ireland, and Fabian Delph he explained that Ireland got a big bruised toe in training, that Delph had a little issue with his knee but the worry is Marc as he says he may be out for a while.

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