Lambert: We were relentless second half
Town boss Paul Lambert hailed the impact of his substitutions and the ‘relentless’ second half performance as Town snatched the three points against AFC Wimbledon.
“I thought the second half we were relentless,” Lambert said. “I thought the lads that came on were massive.
thought the first half we were too passive, we had too much of the ball but without doing anything with it.
“James Norwood had two good chances I thought should have scored and they had one real chance to score and it gave them something to hang on to.
“I’ve been involved in many, many games, even as a player myself, where you come up against opposition where they make it difficult for you and try and hit you on the counter and you have too much of the ball and you need that little bit of a break somewhere to help you.
“I thought the changes we made in the second half were good and the lads came on and did great.
“But I thought we were relentless in the second half, the atmosphere, the emotion of the crowd drove us forward as well. The support, it didn’t sound like 18,000 in here, it sounded like a full stadium, it was incredible noise.”
Town fell behind and there were a few boos at half time but Lambert admits the support have a huge part to play this season: “Absolutely, you could hear the rumblings in the first half but hopefully they remember the team is young, we’ll lose games at certain moments, at certain times but as long as they can be patient.
“But the support since I’ve been here has been phenomenal. That noise was just incredible.”
Debutant sub Anthony Georgiou came on at half time and made an instant impact causing AFC Wimbledon problems.
“He did, I thank Mauricio Pochettino for letting him come, I saw him playing in the tournament, the Audi Cup, he played left-back for Tottenham and Tottenham were really kind to let us have him.
“[Academy manager] Dean Rastrick, who I know really well, at Tottenham said about the lad and I met him on Saturday before the Peterborough game and thankfully he came and gave us that little bit of a spark. Him Judgey and Kayden came on and did really, really well for us.”
Lambert confirmed he was booked for overcelebrating, according to referee Antony Coggins: “Celebrating. It’s terrible isn’t it? Taking the fun away from the game. It’s rubbish really. It’s poor. If you can’t celebrate in the last minute you’re taking the fun out of football, the emotion.
“The emotion of football is 90 per cent of the game for everybody, for the supporters, for the team, for the dugouts, everybody that’s involved.”
Lambert said skipper Luke Chambers was rested rather than dropped, admitting it’s a long hard season ahead.
“Absolutely, but I said that at the start of the season because we’re maybe got 60 games.
“No, not a big decision because I’ve only got three centre-halves, as it stands at the minute,” he insisted.
“If we run the risk of one getting injured, we’d only have two to see us through so many games and I have to be fair to everybody else.
“If we play so many games and the other lads are not playing any games it takes them three or four games to get up to speed.
“James Wilson has done great, Luke Woolfenden’s done great, Luke Chambers has done great, and that will happen through the season because I’ve only got three.
“It’s different if Toto Nsiala’s back, I’ll have four centre-halves. It was the right call because we need everybody up to speed, fitness-wise.”
“And if we have somebody playing 35 games and somebody playing three, the centre-half that plays three, while the one that’s played 35 games is out for seven or eight weeks it’s difficult for them to get them up to speed. There’s a logic behind it and it was the right decision.”