Revenge not on the agenda for Forster
PUBLISHED: 01:18 06 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:29 06 July 2010
Fraser Forster returns to the scene of his "crime" tonight - but Paul Lambert insists that revenge isn't a word he uses lightly.
The on-loan keeper was red-carded after just 34 minutes of the league encounter at Gillingham 10 days ago for a foul on Curtis Weston.
Fraser Forster returns to the scene of his “crime” tonight - but Paul Lambert insists that revenge isn't a word he uses lightly.
The on-loan keeper was red-carded after just 34 minutes of the league encounter at Gillingham 10 days ago for a foul on Curtis Weston. Forster pleaded not guilty, but City didn't appeal - largely because there wasn't enough evidence to support his case.
Declan Rudd stepped in on the day, then replaced Forster when he was banned for the home win over Leyton Orient a week ago, keeping his place for Saturday's 5-1 thrashing of Bristol Rovers.
But with Rudd away on England Under-19s duty, Forster gets another chance.
“It's ironic how things come back and you go back to the ground where you got sent off, but he will handle it fine,” said Lambert.
Rudd has taken his chance with both hands, but if Forster performs well, might again find himself on the bench.
“When the national team wcall upon you you can't stop it, and they have the five-day ruling as well - three whole days travelling. It's disappointing for us, but it's great for Declan to go and play for his country,” said Lambert.
Forster may keep an extra special eye out for Weston tonight, but Lambert says revenge isn't a motivating factor.
“It will be a totally different team that play tomorrow that did a fortnight ago,” he said. “Revenge? You never really look at revenge. I think it's a strong word in football because I think sometimes it can come and bite you.
“We go there and try and win the game and whatever team we put out will do their best to get through to the next round.”
Lambert has insisted the Johnstone's Paint Trophy is a competition he wants to win, even though cynics regard it as the poorest cousin on the domestic honours scene.
“If you are in something you may as well go and win it,” he said. “I always think that if you're in a competition, go and do your best to win it because I guarantee if we're lucky enough to go all the way this city will be deserted.
“If we get there we will take an unbelievable following there.”
City go to Priestfield with a growing reputation - as the leading scorers in League One.
Lambert added: “The way they are playing at the minute their confidence is sky high, no doubt, and the crowd are up for every game we're playing - and the lads seem to be enjoying themselves, which is important.”