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Lambert eager to dampen cup fever - with league the priority
Paul Lambert on Capital One Cup semi-finals.
21st Dec 2012
Lambert eager to dampen cup fever - with league the priority


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Paul Lambert doesn't want cup fever to affect the main focus of climbing the table.

Lambert is obviously delighted to see his side in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup but insists now is not the time for excitement levels to rise, with a tough top-flight programme on the horizon.

He knows it will be "two hard games" but accepts his team have a chance to reach the showpiece if they "do the right things" and fend of complacency.

He said: "The lads will know themselves. They don't need me to stand there and say 'it's a great opportunity'.

"It will be two very tough games but we have chance to go through.

"It's two hard matches. People look at it and think 'over two games we should get through' but cup football?

"I remember playing Chelsea with Wycombe and we drew 1-1 at Adams Park. We kept the tie alive. You never underestimate it.

"We've got a chance. The cup game will take care of itself. What's going to happen, it will happen.

"It's further down the line and I'm not really thinking about it.

"It's an old cliché that whoever you get will be hard. It's a semi-final over two legs. It didn't matter if it was Bradford, Swansea or Chelsea. We've earned the right to try to get through.

"The fans are right behind us. The support at Norwich was frightening and ferocious. But I know that because of the tradition of the club and history.

"They will go to Bradford in their thousands and then ram Villa Park. They have been brilliant with me.

"If we do what we've been doing of late and do the right things and not be complacent, we've got a really good chance."

Lambert also dismissed suggestions that a cup final appearance would be tremendous for him personally in his first season in charge, insisting: "It's not about me."

He added: "I always think it's never about myself - it's about the team and the people who come to watch.

"I never put great significance on myself getting to a final. My time is all done. I can't win anything anymore as a player so it's about the team.

"I never look at myself as important. Myself is not an issue. The team and the fans are the most important."

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