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Lambert: I knew Okore could handle Chelsea pressure
Paul Lambert on squad.
22nd Aug 2013
Lambert: I knew Okore could handle Chelsea pressure


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Paul Lambert had told his newboys "I trust all of you" after hailing Jores Okore's impressive debut at Stamford Bridge.

Okore was given the ominous task of coming on against Chelsea in his first competitive match in claret and blue.

But the 21-year-old brute performed brilliantly, keeping the likes of Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku quiet for much of the action-packed game.

Lambert said afterwards that he had no qualms about bringing on the Dane - because he has total faith in every member of his squad.

He said: "We are playing really well so I haven't needed to change things too much.

"Antonio has been excellent since he's come in.

"Jores was excellent when he came into his first game. The lad has not had much game-time. To come into that magnitude of match he was different-class! I thought he was terrific. I was really pleased with him.

"Aleksandar came on and looked lively.

"They are a brilliant group to work with. Any one of them I can bring on or start with. I trust them.

"The ones here last year have grown into it. They know what the league is like. The new ones will grow into it.

"But as a group they have come a really long way in a short space of time.

"We've got Christian who is still only 22 - a young lad. He's getting better with every passing game.

"His goal at Chelsea was one touch and then it was in the net. He's a handful.

"Agbonlahor is in the form of his life. You've got Weimann in that excellent front three too.

"Delph was outstanding last night, fabulous. Fabian grew into the game and became excellent for us. He was up and down and doing everything a midfielder does.

"Karim is playing now the way I saw him at Feyenoord. He's playing really, really well and they're really complementing each other.

"The midfield three has been brilliant for us.

"We are emerging. They all have the bit between their teeth."

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