Lambert: The Players Were Extraordinary
Blackburn Rovers made a winning start to Paul Lambert's Managerial spell with the club when Preston North End were beaten 2-1 at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon.
Without being disrespectful to Preston this is a match (ordinarily) Rovers might've been expected to win, however, Rovers haven't often been an ordinary team this season and (for spells) over recent years have we!! This was also a Preston side that hadn't conceded in the previous six matches.
An own goal from The Lilywhites's goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Jordan Rhodes being spot on from the penalty spot in the second half were enough, former Rovers striker Joe Garner (who I never thought we should've allowed to leave, he was unlucky with Matt Derbyshire around too wasn't he??) pulled one back but it wasn't enough as five thousand five hundred travelling supporter's could celebrate a win!!
Defensive stability was the key this win for Lambert, he told The Official Blackburn Rovers Website: "I thought the players were extraordinary.
"I thought they were excellent in the way they played and the way they went about it. The back four were great for us, they were the catalyst and the cornerstone of the win.
"Preston haven't conceded a goal in six games, it's an extraordinary record and I think we deserve so much credit scoring not one but two goals. It could have been more on the counter attack, so to come here and do that against a side that hasn`t conceded in six is a big effort."
An almost perfect start for Rovers with this something we'll be looking to continue!!
However, a major (possibly) setback was the injury Tom Lawrence that meant the Leicester City striker wasn't able to continue after a first half injury. There wasn't much light shed on the injury but Lambert's hopeful it's not much more than a knock for the Welsh International.
Lambert added: "I'm not sure if it was a kick or a little bit of tightness.
"That could have been due to training but I know that is going to happen. If we don't train with that intensity then we won't get up to speed.
"So these little things might occur, but in order to do that you've got to maybe sacrifice sometimes and maybe get a little knock or a strain, so hopefully Tom's is just a knock."
I think I'll speak for most when I say we'll all hope Lawrence isn't out for too long, however, I'd also think I speak for most when I say (as much as we enjoy that win) we can't get carried away after the first match of Lambert's time with Rovers can we!! If we can show some consistency and win the next two or three as well it'll be a different complexion on things!!