Lambert pleased with performance

Town boss, Paul Lambert was pleased with his sides performance despite Town losing 3-2 in their opening pre-season game to Paderborn.

“I’m really pleased with the way we played,” he said. “We’re up against a Bundesliga team, not somebody in the third tier of German football. They’re up there on merit. Performance-wise, football-wise, I’m really pleased. I really am.” 

Speaking on the goals conceded by Town, Lambert thought his side were a tad naive in their defending, whilst attaching no blame to his inexperienced defenders on show.

“The first goal is a great strike, but we were making a good attack and were a bit naïve. It starts from their goalkeeper.

“That goes with having young players. The naivety will set in at certain times. That only comes from experience.

“Second goal, Woolf tries to go inside. I thought he had a really good game, but there was a little error there.

“The third goal might have been offside. But performance-wise, honestly, I’m really, really pleased. Some of the football was excellent.”

The Blues played two different formations today, starting with 4-2-3-1 and then altered to a more conventional 4-3-3 after the break, something Lambert said doesn’t really matter at this stage: “I changed it at half-time to 4-3-3, I might play another system come next weekend. It’s not about systems, it’s about getting guys fit and up to speed. We still have a couple coming back.”

On top of the performance, Lambert was equally pleased to see midfielder Emyr Huws get through 45 minutes unscathed.

“It’s his first game in a long, long time. I’m really happy if he comes through that.

“He’s not missed a day of training since we’ve come back. That’s another plus for us.” 

Lambert was also upbeat about those players not playing today (James Norwood, Alan Judge, Jon Nolan, Gwion Edwards and Freddie Sears) all missed out today but other than Sears, they shouldn’t be far away from game time.

“We can’t take a chance on Judgey’s wrist. Nolo is calf and he’s not too far away. Gwion is getting better with his groin area.

“James we gave extra time off because of his involvement in the play-offs with Tranmere, though he’s raring to go. It’s just about easing him in. To play a game of this magnitude today was probably just a bit too much.

“We have to have everybody. We’re not good enough to have more than one player and we have to have everyone,” Lambert continued.

“Freddie’s in that category and it’s important to bring the lads who injured themselves last season and be a part of everything.”