Lambert: I understand the frustrations from the fans
Paul Lambert acknowledges that Coventry will look to take advantage of any edginess at Portman Road on Saturday.
Town go into the game against the Sky Blues on the back of three straight defeats and six points behind Fleetwood, who occupy the final play-off space.
“I understand the frustrations of the fans at the end of the Fleetwood game on Tuesday,” the Town boss writes in his column in Saturday’s matchday programme.
“Fans pay good money to come and watch us and when things are not going as well as everyone hopes for, you are going to get the criticism. I have no problem with that.
“The manager always takes responsibility when results are not happening and I can deal with that. For the players out on the pitch, it can be tough if the frustrations come through from the stands. You have to be brave on the ball and not hide. That’s what I’ll be telling the players. That’s what I say every game.
“Coventry will be aware of the situation we are in and they will look to use that to their advantage. Fleetwood did the same on Tuesday and I think Joey Barton said that after the game. That’s the way it works in football.
“We kept the ball really well in the first-half at Sunderland a few weeks back and you could sense how edgy the place was getting. We just didn’t make it count by putting our chances away and we paid the price for that. That’s something we will have to deal with against Coventry.”
Lambert confirmed he is hopeful midfield duo Cole Skuse and Emyr Huws will be available for Saturday’s clash with the league leaders.
The pair missed Tuesday’s defeat against Fleetwood with a toe (Huws) and shin (Skuse) injuries.
“We’ll see this morning how they’re getting on,” Blues manager Paul Lambert said.
“Hopefully they’ll be okay but we will have to see after training, that’s when we’ll know more.
“There are one or two knocks from the other night but that’s normal. Again we’ll have a medical meeting today.”
The Town boss also provided an update on Kane Vincent-Young, who has suffered a minor setback on his recovery from a groin operation. There was better news for winger Danny Rowe, who is making good progress having returned to full training earlier this week.
“Danny is back on the grass and Kane has done a little bit but it’s not fair on the guys to put them in tomorrow,” Lambert told the club website.
“Kane had a little feeling on his groin but I don’t think it’s too much. He hasn’t done anything for a long time so we have to be careful.
“It’s the same with Danny. He has had a couple of training sessions but having been out the amount of time he has, that’s not quite enough.”