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An Excellent Performance

Lambert's verdict on final day win

Paul Lambert believes that his team were excellent in finishing the season with a 1-0 win at home to Preston North End.

 

Danny Batth’s second minute header proved decisive as Wolves ended the season with a win and a 15th placed finish in the table.

 

Lambert was delighted with his team’s performance and he hopes that his team will be fighting at towards the top of the Sky Bet Championship next season.

 

“I thought we were excellent from start to finish, we were terrific,” he said.

 

“We could have won three or four, I think that we’ve done it right, we gave everything to try and win and and send the supporters home happy so it was a really nice way to finish the season. 

 

“You’re never comfortable at 1-0, but I thought we played really well. 

 

“The football was good, there’s no pressure but I’ve said before whether you finish 7th or just above relegation, it doesn't matter because you don't get anything for it. 

 

“It’s not as if you're in the Premier League where the monetary terms come into it - if you're not going to finish in the top six, everything else becomes irrelevant. 

 

“Next season, we have to get this club into that bracket. 

 

“If you look at our form in the last ten or eleven games, I think we’re in about 7th place - it’s incredible form, it really is. 

 

“If we’d done that right through the season, and if we would have had that consistency level, we’d be around the play-offs. 

 

“There lies an incredible stat, our performances, points wise, have been right up there.”

 

Jordan Graham and Bright Enobakhare were both handed starts against Preston, it was Graham’s first start for 15 months. 

 

Lambert was full of praise for both players.

 

“I thought Jordan (Graham) was excellent - I took him off after an hour because I thought he deserved the ovation that he got and his general game was terrific,” he continued.

 

“His crossing was fantastic, he gave the right-back a really hard time and he was excellent for us. 

 

“Bright’s (Enobakhare) a big talent, he’s only 18 years of age - a big, big talent and I saw it when I first came into the football club. 

 

“He makes you look silly at times with the way he plays the game with the speed of his feet. 

 

“He's a huge talent and hopefully if he’s nurtured right, this club with have one hell of a player. 

 

“He could have scored, but the important thing for me is that he was always there to try, he was always there to make things happen. 

 

“I thought his general game was very good. Bright’s a young lad learning his trade and he’s playing in a big stadium in front of a big crowd, when he misses a chance, it’s important that nobody gets on his back because he’s trying to make it happen. 

 

“Big compliments to him, I thought he was excellent.

 

“All the lads have given me everything since I came to this club - absolutely fantastic the way they've applied themselves in training and in the games. 

 

“Everything that they've given me is a massive thanks to them from me.”