Lambert reflects on Jose 'banter'

Paul Lambert insists his pitch-side exchanges with Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge were predominantly "banter".

Last Updated: 22/08/13 at 15:20 Post Comment

Paul Lambert: Furious at refereeing decisions at Stamford Bridge

Paul Lambert: Furious at refereeing decisions at Stamford Bridge

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists his pitch-side exchanges with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge were predominantly "banter".

The pair were engaged in what appeared to be some heated arguments by the touchline during Chelsea's 2-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Villa on Wednesday evening, with Lambert unhappy about two particular incidents.

The Scot felt Branislav Ivanovic should have been sent off for catching Christian Benteke with an arm - the defender instead received a booking, before going on to score the winning goal - and that Villa were denied a legitimate penalty late on for a handball by John Terry.

Asked on Thursday if he had calmed down, Lambert said: "I was calm last night.

"I think there has been a lot made of me and Jose in the technical area. There was the odd little thing, but there was a lot of banter between us."

When it was put to him that Mourinho had said after the match that Lambert "complains with every decision", the 44-year-old said: "So did he. It is the same. The two of us shout at referees and officials and everything.

"I'm not going to go there and lie down, and neither is Jose.

"A lot has been made of me moaning - he does his fair share as well, just to let you know.

"It is not a problem. We had a bit of banter between us and I saw him afterwards. I like him and he is a brilliant football manager. There was never a problem."

Lambert, who was speaking at a press conference to preview Saturday's home league clash with Liverpool, also suggested Chelsea would have been awarded a penalty if an incident similar to Terry's apparent handball had occurred in the home team's box in Wednesday night's game.

Regarding Kevin Friend, the referee for the match, Lambert said: "I spoke to Kevin afterwards, and obviously what is said in there stays in there. But I didn't need to speak to him really - it was a clear handball.

"It's a stone-waller, a clear penalty. I don't care what anyone says, that is a penalty.

"Gabby (Gabriel Agbonlahor) has won a header and it has hit John's hand. I'm pretty sure if it had been down the other end, it would have been given."

Asked if he had spoken to Terry about the incident, Lambert said: "No. I have the utmost respect for him as a footballer. But I think it is one that has definitely been missed."

Villa defender Ciaran Clark was forced off in the first half of the contest with a head injury but should be available for the visit of Liverpool, while midfielder Chris Herd could be in contention for a first appearance this term following his calf problem.

"Ciaran has that gash on his head at the moment, but I think all being well he will be okay," Lambert said.

"Chris is back training, which is great for us."

Defender Nathan Baker (ankle) remains a doubt and winger Charles N'Zogbia (Achilles) definitely misses out.

The midlands outfit head into the Liverpool fixture, their first home game of the season, with three points from their two league matches so far having won 3-1 at Arsenal on the opening day of the campaign.


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet - £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

m only commenting on this (I don't care about Liverpool) because F365's twitter said I had call Matt Stanger a tw*t (which I don't agree with anyway) but I just wanted to be the first. Am I the first?

tk421
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

S

unday, Sunday. Will there be a fan of either team, who if they are winning after 80 mins, won't still be nervous? This could be anything from 0-0 to 5-5, and no one would bat an eye.

megabrow (cufc)
A Season Of Continuous False Dawns

T

his year I am getting F365 a whack-a-mole game but with Brendan instead of the mole (Like the one with JD on Scrubs) and every time he pops up he says something. Outstanding Whack!, Character Whack!, Magnificent Whack!, Wonderful Composure Whack, Whack f**king Whack. Hours of fun.

hump3.
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

Footer 365

Premier League: Neil Warnock blasts officials after Crystal Palace's 3-0 defeat at Man City

Neil Warnock said the decision to disallow a Crystal Palace goal in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City was "disgraceful".

Jose Mourinho rejects idea of retrospective action against divers

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says it would be a "disaster" to punish divers retrospectively.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal are prepared to spend in January

Arsene Wenger says he won't buy for the sake of it but has vowed to spend in January if the right player is available.

Mail Box

More Players In The Wrong Bloody Shirt

Plus Cristiano Ronaldo, who looks 'heart-breakingly well-suited to a Real Madrid shirt' according to one United fan. Plus, words from the good doctor and plenty more...

Players Plainly Wearing The Wrong Strip...

There are some players who just look plain daft in whatever shirt they're wearing. Like Cesc and Robin. It's a cracking mailbox with a load of different themes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property