Iwan Roberts: Lambert lost the plot in derby and why I’m backing City to bounce back from Preston defeat
I think it’s fair to say Paul Lambert completely lost the plot on Sunday when he let his emotions get the better of him.
He stupidly reacted to something of nothing and got himself sent off and had to watch the remainder of the game from the directors’ box.
Don’t get me wrong Paul’s sending off had no bearing on the result whatsoever and whether he was sat in the stand or standing in his technical area Norwich would still have beaten Ipswich as they are streets ahead of them in footballing ability and quality.
One of the last things a manager tells you before you go out, is to keep your discipline especially before you go out and play in a very fiercely contested derby!
In other words keep your heads and play the game and not the occasion and don’t get sucked into doing something stupid, which is exactly what Lambert did in the heat of the moment.
Paul wasn’t happy with some of the Norwich players and the Norwich’s bench reactions after John Nolan’s tackle on Max Aarons!
However, let’s be right about this, it was a really bad tackle that could have seriously injured Max, and a tackle that warranted at the very least a yellow card and could quite easily been shown a red on another day.
I remember when I was playing for Leicester against Millwall at the New Den in the mid 90s in a top-of-the-table clash and one of the last things we spoke about before leaving the changing room before kick-off was how we could get to their hard man in midfield Terry Hurlock and maybe get him sent off as he had a suspect temperament and was always likely to do something stupid if you got into his head.
We didn’t have to wait too long, about 15 minutes in fact before Terry lost his head and received a straight red card and it was all down to me.
I’d gone into a challenge with Hurlock and somehow I’d finished up on my back.
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As I was falling, I sneakily kicked out at Terry just catching him on the kneecap and that was it!
It was like showing a red rag to a bull, he completely lost his head stood over me and stamped straight onto my chest, luckily he didn’t catch me properly but I rolled around as if his foot had gone straight through my chest and come out of my back.
Everyone in stadium had seen what Terry had done and the ref would have done well to have missed it, but seeing as he was about five yards away from the incident and had seen everything apart from me lashing out as I was falling.
He had no hesitation in reaching into his pocket and brandishing a red card to a fuming Hurlock who wanted my blood.
It took a few of his team mates to keep him away from me and after a few minutes they managed to get him off the field and thankfully I never bumped into him after the game.
I think it’s fair to say that it was a bad night at the office on Wednesday night for the lads, especially that first half against Preston, but they can’t, and I’m sure they won’t, dwell on that defeat as it was only their third defeat in the league since the 1-1 at Portman Road in September.
I’m sure the lads would have stayed up in the North West since the game on Wednesday as they’ve Bolton at Marcon Stadium tomorrow which gives them a perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways.
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