Gaffer verdict: Lambert far from despondent after West Ham loss
Paul Lambert was pleased with some of the football on display against West Ham - but stressed that his side must turn possession into chances in the coming weeks and months ahead.
Lambert was delighted with the quality on show, especially in the opening half-hour, but felt his team lacked a cutting edge in the final third.
He said: "I thought we started the game really well and I thought for 30 minutes we were excellent.
"But you can have all the ball you want but you've got to score.
"Some of the play, I was really happy with and some, like anything, you're not. But I can't fault the lads for effort. Their effort was excellent.
"We tried, but there wasn't much in the game.
"I thought we looked bright but we've got to turn our possession into chances.
"If we can just get a finishing touch on that then we'll be ok."
West Ham's winning goal was a controversial one, referee Mike Dean overruling his linesman's offside decision following Kevin Nolan's clinical finish.
But Lambert had no complaints after seeing a replay on the final whistle.
He continued: "I wasn't sure at the time but I've seen it on the tape and it's come off one of our lads so the referee's called it right.
"In terms of our lads reacting, the thing is it's the blink of an eye. So I can't fault them.
"They're young. We played a young team but their effort I can't fault.
"There will be mistakes like everybody else.
"There were a lot of positives to take out of it. You pick yourself up and you go again."
Lambert is confident his team will "grow together" as they bed in.
He added: "There's no hiding place. You have to win together and you have to lose together.
"I'm not one for a blame culture. If we lose, we lose together. If we win, then we win together."
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