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Lambert: I won't let players get too down after Tottenham loss

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Lambert: I won't let players get too down after Tottenham loss


Paul Lambert insists he will keep spirits in the camp at a good level despite the loss to Tottenham.

Lambert accepts it's been a frustrating few days, with the home defeat this evening coming on the back of a heavy loss to Chelsea at the weekend.

But he says he won't let his players get too low - just as he wouldn't allow them to get too high after the wins at Norwich and Liverpool.

He said: "I have belief they will do it. They will give us everything again.

"People get carried away after the Norwich and Liverpool wins but I didn't and neither did the team.

"I never let them get too high or too low. The nature of football is that you can get hurt at any moment.

"If you win, let it go. You have to move on to the next one. It's the same with a defeat.

"They will be fine. If we win, lose or draw, we always treat them the same, we keep spirits the same.

"You can't dwell on it, win or lose. You have to bounce back, there's no other way, you have to do it.

"All I do is try to train and coach them the right way and try to get them to play the right way. We want to keep that going!

"Because we beat Norwich and Liverpool, everyone thinks X, Y and Z. But deep down I know what we've got."

Lambert praised the claret and blue faithful who sang his name loud and proud, despite the side being 4-0 down at the time.

He continued: "The fans were brilliant. They are fantastic in the way they have supported us.

"They see what we're trying to do. They have been terrific.

"It's pleasing to hear them back us. But we know we have to get results.

"We are in a semi-final in a few weeks, you have a chance to do something there.

"And if you look at the league you're not a million miles away from mid-table. That's what you have to strive for."

On the game itself, Lambert was frustrated with Tottenham's first goal, which set them on the path to victory.

He felt Fabian Delph was fouled in the build-up to Jermain Defoe's clinical finish.

He added: "We rode our luck massively in the first half. Spurs were very good in the first half.

"We started the second half well. I thought we were in the ascendancy.

"But I thought the first goal was a foul on Fabian in he first half. I think a free-kick should have been given.

"The second goal we had a good chance to make it 1-1 and then they go up other end and score again. That's what can happen when you play these type of players.

"But I have seen it. My view is Fabian gets hit, body charged. I think it's a free-kick."

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By @AVFCOfficial 26th December 2012
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