Lambert: A professional job
Paul Lambert praised his players for doing a professional job in difficult circumstances at Bolton.
Kayden Jackson and James Norwood both grabbed a brace with Gwion Edwards also on target in the 5-0 win.
“I said yesterday, this was a dangerous game because we were going into the unknown of facing the kids that are playing here,” Lambert said.
“Those kids did themselves proud, they stood up to it. The atmosphere in the stadium was a lot more relaxed than when we’ve been here before and that’s due to the kids playing.
“We had to do the job. I thought we were very professional, very thorough and it could have been more.
“We train with the younger ones back home and they make it difficult for you. We knew it was going to be difficult. They made it hard for us.
“All credit to my own team. We started right, we did everything right and second half was really, really good.
“We gave them a bit of a hard time in the first half. Even thought we had a lot of the ball and a lot of chances, it just wasn’t the standard we expect.
“But in the second half we were very, very good, that was the way to play the game.
“I know it’s difficult because the grass is long, the weather’s warm, the atmosphere in the stadium was potentially difficult] with the way the Bolton team is. Credit to the team, I thought they were very, very good.”
Lambert was pleased the Blues didn’t take it easy and feel sympathy with Bolton in the second half.
“You can’t, if the boot was on the other foot, somebody can do that to you. You can’t feel sorry for them,” he added.
“The kids from Bolton will learn, but it’s a great learning curve for them. As I said yesterday, what they’re going through now, I had to go through last year with our kids. The difference being we’ve got a huge football club.”
Kane Vincent-Young came in for his debut having joined from Colchester and Paul added: “It was his first game for a few weeks and I was delighted with him. He’s going to be a great asset to the football club.”