Lambert heaps praise on defensive unit

Town boss Paul Lambert has heaped praise on defender James Wilson has Town look to equal a club record run of clean sheets tomorrow at Gillingham.

Tomorrow could see Town reach five league games without conceding, a record which has been in place since March / April 2013.

Speaking of the run of clean sheets, Lambert added: “They’re really good. I thought the second half the other night was excellent. We were really robust and strong, everything you want in these types of games.

“I’ve been involved with them, so I know what they’re like, but being resolute as a backline [is vital], and not just the back lads but everybody connected with it, so I’m really happy with the game.”

‘The Wilson Wall’ as known at TOTT has played a big part in that playing four league games already this campaign (keeping three clean sheets).

“James has done really well,” manager Paul Lambert said. “I think Tuesday night was his best game. I thought he was excellent.

“Toto [Nsiala] coming back is going to be a big bonus for us as well and it’s good, I’d rather the competition than not have it.” 

The arrival of Kane Vincent-Young at right back has also added stability to a role which has been much covered over the last few years.

“He’s been brilliant, he really has. I’m really happy with him, and it’s there for everybody to see, he’s given us another dimension to the game and performing at a really high level.”

Not only has Vincent-Young been solid defensively he has also added some attacking threat to the role.

“I think it’s a massive weapon for us, his speed and the way he gets up and down that side,” he said.

“I’m really happy for him, and he’s a really nice lad as well, which I think is important, I always think that’s important. I’m really happy with the way he’s performed.” 

Town have looked solid defensively with 3, 4 or even 5 at the back, and Lambert isn’t one to get stuck on formations.

“The only way I can adapt is because they’re playing really well and whatever system I play I know they can carry it out, which is a great thing for any manager.

“They know me now a lot of them, some are just at the club in the summer that are still trying to work me out, but they’re playing really well and the confidence is really high, so I know they can perform whatever system I play.” 

Lambert believes with the squad now stronger, performances will need to be high to stay in the team: “That’s the beauty about having a squad because nobody can rest and think they’re safe and I think that’s important.

“It doesn’t matter who you are. I’ve got no qualms about it at all, it’s never too hard really to pick a team with, so as long as players keep looking over their shoulder and think “I’m maybe not as safe as I thought I was.’ 

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