Following on from Paul Lambert’s comment in the Mirror today, where I read that he doesn’t think we play the long ball (contrary to the fact that we have the most knock-downs in the prem up to now and Mourinho, AVB and even us fans are saying it), we have the following quote;
“You need to win your home games.
“We seem to be doing it the other way round winning away from home which is harder and is strange.
“It is something we know we have to put right.
“We don’t set our stall out any differently.
“We try to win every game and I am sure it will come.
“The law of averages say it will turn.
“We get too many fans to come and watch us to sit back.
“We never set our stall out to go and defend.”
I’d agree, we don’t set our stall out any differently.
We play the same counter attacking game, with a long ball to Benteke at every opportunity.
Except Benteke is now out for a while.
We bypass the midfield and don’t seem to want to play it out from the back either.
Not that I see that as totally bad, as it can work quite well.
Just ask the likes of West Ham etc.
But what happened to the football that Lambert was supposed to espouse?
It seems it’s gone out of the window to me.
And no, we don’t set our stall out to defend.
Because we can’t defend, full stop.
And erm, we invariably end up sitting back, because we don’t have enough in the midfield, because of the way we play.
I don’t know how to put my finger on it, but my experience says that when you think the manager is talking total rubbish, it’s usually the case that he’s clutching at straws.
You can make what you want out of that last sentence.
I haven’t drawn any conclusions yet, apart from the fact that Lambert looks like a hamster in that picture.
Maybe he’s storing up the good stuff?