Lambert praises ‘brilliant’ Town
Town boss Paul Lambert has refused to get carried away after Towns 5-0 win at Colchester on Friday night, but admits his boys were brilliant.
Lambert watched on as James Norwood claim a hat-trick and Kayden Jackson netting a brace as the Blues cruised to a comfortable win.
“Norwood is a finisher – everybody can see that – and it was great for him,” said Lambert. “Jackson, I think, is really lively and some of the goals, no matter what level you’re at, were brilliant.”
Even with the empathic win, Lambert insists there is still plenty of work to do before the start of the season: “We are – and I hate to use the phrase – a work in progress. I don’t like using it but that’s exactly where we are.
“Tonight’s game gets the fitness levels higher after some really tough games in Germany. Paderborn and Fortuna Dusseldorf are unbelievable sides. We had a good game against Paderborn but against Dusseldorf we looked like an U18 team in the first half.
“But that’s fine, I pick the team and the lads needed minutes, so it was a great experience for them against a top German side. In our other game against Meppen I thought we should have won it.
“Tonight we also played well but the expectancy level at the football club is what it is because of the badge and what’s happened to this club in the past.
“I get all that but we have to have a bit of realism. We’re still a really young side and they can play. They will make mistakes because of the experience they lack at the moment but it will come.”
“We have eight first team guys injured and we need to get them back. But how long, I don’t know. One or two are a few months away.
“We still need a few lads to come in and give us a hand but it’s difficult because we can’t go and spend silly – that’s the way the club is at the minute.”
Lambert gave minutes to James Wilson, who has been training with Town, the former Lincoln defender replaced Nydam at half time to play alongside Chambers at the back. Lambert was asked if any deal has been put on the table for the centre-back.
Lambert said: “There’s not really any news on James. He’s not done anything the whole pre-season and we asked if we could have a look at him. He’s trained a little bit and he did really well when he came on but he’s miles short of match fitness, as he will admit himself.
“He’s really comfortable with the ball and he has been a good player. It’s just about his game time and training time, which is way down. But centre-half is an area we must look at. We need experience but the problem with James is that he hasn’t trained.”
Cole’s Skuse missed the game but Lambert said that was more of a precaution: “He slipped on Wednesday in training and there was nobody near him. He jarred his hip but could have played. We just didn’t think it was worth the risk.”