Lambert: We were excellent

Town boss Paul Lambert was pleased with his sides performance and felt the Blues were well worthy of the three points, baring the ‘terrible mistake’ by skipper Luke Chambers.

“The first half was absolutely brilliant – chance, chance, chance, the play was excellent, the atmosphere, everything was great,” he said.

“We got the goal, thoroughly deserved the goal. There wasn’t one problem in the game, not one. And then we lose [a goal] to a mistake, a terrible mistake.”

He added: “We were excellent, we couldn’t complain the way we played the whole game, if we don’t make that error, we win the game.

“Sunderland never really hurt us or created many chances, I never felt threatened in it.”

When questioned on his skippers mistake and what’s been said about the equaliser, Lambert said: “That probably remains in the dressing room. He knows himself what’s happened.”

Overall Lambert felt the game finished with the feel of two points dropped: “Yes, but we were playing well, that’s the beauty of it, we were playing well. It’s not bad sometimes when you’re disappointed with a draw.”

Town were roared on by 24,041 in attendance (apart from Norwich) since Newcastle in 2017. Something Lambert is very thankful of:

“Unbelievable, what a support we’ve got… You’ve seen that for a League One game. Absolutely brilliant, we have to keep that and hopefully they’ll keep coming back and watching that type of football.

“As I said before, it’ll be up and down because we’ve got a young side but, my God, we’ve got incredible energy, which is great. If we can keep that atmosphere, that’ll be brilliant. The fans were terrific.”

He added: “Those fans have been like that since we’ve been in. The stadium has been rocking a lot of times since we’ve been in. The fans have been brilliant.

“What you see is a result of what happened last year, the momentum’s built and built and built.

“I can only speak for what’s happened in the months I’ve been here and the support has been absolutely fantastic, we’ve sold more season tickets than last season, the fans are coming back and that’s the beauty about it.”