Lambert To Draw On The Positives

Paul Lambert

PAUL LAMBERT will draw upon the positives from his side’s defeat against champions-elect Manchester City as he sets his sights on the crucial forthcoming encounter with Everton.

A clinically taken brace from Spanish maestro David Silva re-established the Citizens a 16-point cushion at the summit of the table, and put pay to the home side’s hopes of elevating themselves out of the bottom three.

Despite the loss, Lambert was quick to pay tribute to his players for the way they stuck to their game-plan against arguably the best club side in world football, and feels the performance will stand his players in good stead for the fight ahead.

“They are as good a side as I have seen in a long time, and believe me, it is incredibly difficult to keep them at bay,” the Scotsman said following the match.

“The way they move the ball around the pitch, press forward as a collective unit, pick out passes and break through opponents is quite breath-taking really.

“That said, I have to give my own team some credit because we never capitulated which could have happened when they scored the first goal so early on."

“Better teams than ourselves have done that this season, so I have to give the lads praise for sticking at it and getting at them.

“They never really managed to calve us open tonight, like they have with other teams, we made a couple of wrong decisions which helped them with their goals, but all in all I thought we were strong and resolute.”

He added: “This game is not going to define our season, not at all - there are positives to be taken from this game for sure.

"We are still well in the mix, there are plenty of points to be played for and we will be ready to go again on Saturday against Everton.”