I Expect A Bigger Performance

Paul Lambert says that his side must perform to a higher level than they did in last Saturday’s defeat at Bristol City but believes that his side can be more than a match for any side in the league.

Wolves were well-beaten by Bristol City at Ashton Gate and now face the task of playing the league leaders, Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday (5pm).

Lambert is full of praise for Chris Hughton’s side and he says that the game will be a tough one to call.

“It’s a hard one to call - they've been playing really well, they've done a great job this season after being so unlucky last year,” Lambert said.

“We’re up against a good team but also we’ve been in really good form ourselves albeit what happened on Saturday but I expect a bigger performance this weekend.

“If you look at their squad, they’ve been there for a few years - they know the Championship, they know British football, they know a lot about the league and they've got seasoned pro’s as well.

“We’ve got a lot who are new - we’ve got an exciting team, we've just been inconsistent with it - when we’re on our game, we’re a match for most but it’s the consistency level that has to get you up there.

“I look at games individually because I think the next one is the most important game.

“We’ve got one or two knocks but predominantly, everyone is ok. It’s the same group of lads that will be available.

“We’ve had a longer week to prepare rather than Saturday - Tuesday like it’s been in the last few weeks, so that will help us.

“We’ll assess the ones that have been missing of late.”

One positive to come from the defeat at Bristol was the full debut of 17-year-old, Morgan Gibbs-White.

The highly rated youngster has been around the first time since making his debut from the substitute’s bench in January’s FA Cup win at Stoke City.

Lambert gave credit to Gibbs-White and he says he is delighted with the progress of all of the young players that have been around the squad

“Morgan’s (Gibbs-White) a big talent, if you look at Bright (Enobakhare), he’s 18, Connor Ronan, 18, Harry, 20 - they've all done well to be around the squad,” Lambert continued.

“There aren't many teams that have had players making debuts at 16.

“On that side of the club, it’s really good - I’m really, really pleased with that side of it.

“We have to be consistent and then we can get away with throwing in two or three of the young players at one time. 

“At the minute, you’ve got to go sporadic with it - Connor Ronan he'd his own, Bright held his own and Morgan came in and did it as well.

“It puts them in a good place, it pubs the club in a good place but ultimately, they need a bit more experience around them to help them.

“I wouldn't just do it as a gift or to make them feel good - I try and pick a team that I think will win a game and that’s what I’ve always tried to do.

“I trust them to go and perform and you've got to earn that to play.

“As long as we don't turn in too many performances like we did on Saturday, then everybody’s available for it.”