Gaffer's verdict: Lambert - We have to meet challenge head on
Paul Lambert spoke of his deep frustration after the 1-0 home loss to Crystal Palace - and then called for his team to meet the upcoming challenges head on.
Lambert was gutted to see Dwight Gayle hit a wonder goal to win it for the visitors in stoppage time.
He was happy with the team's effort and endeavour but accepted there was a lack of creativity in the side for the Boxing Day encounter.
The boss is now demanding a rapid response from his team to get them back on track - and give the loyal supporters something to cheer about.
He said: "It was tough to take.
"There was a lot of endeavour and hard work but not much creativity.
"We got hurt with the classic counter-attack. Their goal was a great strike. But it was disappointing.
"It was very tight in there. They defended well and deep. We needed that creativity or that goal. But it never happened.
"I thought we had two decent chances from Andi. We might have got one of those.
"But if you can't win, you don't lose it. We got caught.
"We have no time to dwell on it because there's a quick turnaround. We have to go again on Saturday.
"It's the old cliché but you have to pick yourselves up. You have to meet the challenge.
"There's no point wilting. I am disappointed. But you pick yourself up and meet that challenge."
On the home form - which has seen us win just two in nine - he added: "It isn't good enough. The lack of goals is contributing to the not winning games. You have to turn it around.
"There's no magic formula. There's more pressure because of the size of crowd but you should overcome that. That should be a given. The crowd are right on your side.
"You have to stand up and be counted. We have to get on the front foot. We have to create more.
"There shouldn't be too much pressure because you've got 40,000 behind you every time.
"There shouldn't be that pressure but there's an expectancy level you have to try to live up to if you play here. That's normal. I have said that from day one since I came in.
"You have to handle that situation.
"We have to give them something to go with. The support was there. It will always have the support.
"You can't be critical of the fans here because they have backed us all the way.
"You stick with it. It's important everyone sticks together.
"I understand their frustration. That's any club. This one even more so because it's big.
"They will vent their frustration in the same way they will get behind you when you're winning. It's the same.
"You have to be big enough to take it. You have to see it through. You can't run away from it. It's there.
"The team is big enough to take it. It's more or less the same group of lads who went on that run last time.
"My job is to be as positive as I can. That's my job. I am not going to be downbeat.
"You have to get them going again for Saturday.
"I have looked at the table. It's as tight as anything for midway through to right down."
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