Confidence is High - Age Is Just A Number
Stoke City manager Paul Lambert has said that confidence remains high in the group despite the Brighton result and he's also said age is just a number when it comes to giving Academy graduates a shot when he thinks they deserve it.
With Stoke missing an opportunity to pull out of the bottom three following last weekend's draw with Brighton, we continue to be well in the mix for survival with eleven games left to play and meeting with the media this week Lambert told the Official Website that confidence remained high in training and the players weren't too down, they remained determined to turn our form around.
'There`s no problem in terms of confidence whatsoever. It`s one thing I`ve never felt a problem with, even from the supporters. At any club there are games when everyone thinks you should be winning and there will be games when you think you`re going to get beat and end up winning. That`s the way the game goes.'
Lambert went on to say.
'In the last couple of home games against Watford and Brighton, I think we were worthy of winning, even Bournemouth away too. We have been in games when by players` own admission they think they can win. The confidence is there and if we keep doing that we`ll be fine.'
Lambert also spoke about his openness to using youngsters in our Premier League run in if he felt that they could cope with the demands of the top flight and offer us something different.
Earlier in the week the Scotsman was in attendance at St. George's Park to see our Under 23 side take victory over Middlesbrough and 18 year old Tyrese Campbell's stock continues to rise and he has now been promoted up to senior training level on the back of his development.
'I watched the kids a week last Monday, which was my first opportunity, and there are one or two good kids there. I have always said if they are good enough I will bring you up and if you`re better than what I`ve got I will throw you in. I don`t have a problem with playing young ones as long as they`ve got the work rate, hunger and desire to dislodge a first team member. I don`t have a problem with their age.'
Lambert went on to say about Campbell in particular.
'Tyrese for example is a definite goal scorer. He can be a little bit better in the work aspect, which I`ve spoken to him about, but the boy can score. Unfortunately he rolled his ankle the other day in training, but he`s got a big future, without wanting to put a burden on his shoulder, if he listens and works hard.'
'Nobody is going to give him, or any other young player here, anything, it`s not a gift. If they earn the right I will take a look but they have to give me problems. Tyrese though is definitely one to keep an eye on.'