Paul Lambert hit back at QPR counterpart Neil Warnock on Friday morning by insisting Bradley Johnson is no ‘cheat’ following Warnock’s stinging attacks in the aftermath of Joey Barton’s red card on Monday.

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Warnock labelled Johnson a ‘disgrace’ for his role in Barton’s dismissal for an alleged headbutt in City’s 2-1 Premier League win at Loftus Road. QPR’s appeal to overturn a three-match FA ban for violent conduct has since been rejected - now Lambert has broken his silence on the controversial episode.

“I think some of the comments labelled towards Bradley Johnson have been ludicrous,” he said. “He is my player and he is certainly not a cheat. If you are going to label someone that then have a bit of substance to it. If you go face-to-face with someone then there is a chance that things can happen. I certainly don’t think it is a full-blooded headbutt. That is not the issue I have a gripe with - its the comments after. I know in the heat of the game things can happen. One; Bradley Johnson never went down so for somebody to say he did is totally wrong.

“Neil did his talking on the television. I am just responding, but my player is not a cheat. He played with great discipline before and after the incident. But those aftermatch comments were wrong. Maybe when you get beat you start to look for excuses and end up blaming everybody else. My lads were excellent on Monday. They played with an enthusiasm and discipline in their game. If you are going to criticise them make sure there is some substance. I have no issue with Joey Barton whatsover. He scored a really good goal, a really good player. Don’t have a problem with him or the incident, but I have a problem with other people speaking about my players.”

The City chief also revealed at his pre-match press briefing ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup third round home tie against Burnley he had spoken to Johnson over his part in a picture carrying a message referring to the incident taken later that same evening at the World Darts final which appeared to taunt the Rangers’ captain.

“That will stay in house,” said Lambert. “I’ve spoken to him at the training ground. I know what has happened with the card at the darts but he has been brilliant for me. That is not the issue. The issue was he was labelled a cheat which is one thing he is certainly not. Spats can happen on the field of play - no doubt about it - and I have been involved in enough myself. But when somebody comments on one of my players, that is when I feel I have to step in.”

22 comments

  • Well said Mr L, It seems, even with all his cash, Warnock it trying to deflect his troubled team performances away from himself and save his own skin

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    emmjbee

    Friday, January 6, 2012

  • footyboy. All very interesting. NOT. Have you thought of contributing to Spurs` pages? I think Spurs have a great side and `Arry is a good manager. But why do you feel the need to crow about it to Norwich supporters? Have we done something to upset you?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 8, 2012

  • Clearly footboy16 is just a tool and no one should really take any notice of his ramblings. Defenders hate playing against holt because he's just a pain in the arse and they don't know how to handle him.

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    Jason Lack

    Friday, January 6, 2012

  • I see that the uneasonal weather has created a scum on the Orwell and it is blowing north. I can undestand that they have run out of things to moan about on the Green Un but it is time for adult supervision. Go home Footyboy16, it's time for bed, don't make us send RW round on his HD.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, January 7, 2012

  • Excellent PL. All game QPR players moaned about every tackle & decision. When the linesman was close to Warnock he was at him constantly with no help from 4th, official.

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    david hansen

    Friday, January 6, 2012

  • "Tom Downs" You asked me to comment on my teams current performance (Spurs) well we have played 19, won 13, drawn 3, lost 3. goals for 36, goals against 20. points 42 and 3rd in the league do I really need to go? NO.. or does won 6. Drawn 7, lost 7 mean anything to you? lol..

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, January 7, 2012

  • Can't wait until the next home game against Chelsea next week, to see what stunts the Norwich players will pull, will Grunt Holt do his usual dying fly act? will Johnson fall backwards holding his nose spin round 3 times then faint, will Ruddy pull someone down in the box? I bet there will be a Chelsea sending off due to a fictious act by a Norwich thespian !!!!

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    Footyboy16

    Friday, January 6, 2012

  • Oh dear, it's all starting to unravel isn't it? Cheating, indiscipline and now a manager having to lie on his players behalf. I'm worried that the cracks are starting to appear like the rest of you, but you lot really need to get behind the club like me!! OTBC.

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    Ged Steroo

    Saturday, January 7, 2012

  • We do our talking on the pitch. Warnock does his in the press conference. This difference in approach, is directly mirrored in City's + Rangers league positions !

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    Timbo

    Friday, January 6, 2012

  • What a muppett footyboy is.He is of limited intelligence and must have had his brain removed at birth.Get a life or go back to school.

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    dave123

    Friday, January 6, 2012

  • Love how Bucks Canary puts it but also all the other comments here including walkern canary and emmjbee. 2 defeats these season of QPR and - apparently they were 'mugged' both times. The stats for the 2 games reveal a distinctly different story 2 Warnocks versions. I note also a Guardian comment from a QPR fan after the triple substitution at Loftus Rd: "I sit near the dugouts & can hear everything. Our defenders where shouting to our bench to do something as they were overun after the substitution". Lambert is in a different league to Warnock. That means he doesnt have to shout about it. He lets his tactics do his talking for him. Bravo!

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    Richard Clifford

    Friday, January 6, 2012

  • I believe Joey Barton's red card was not rescinded because of the intent in what he did. Not any harm caused. City have doubled QPR this season. Six points which may be crucial to our staying up in May. I recall a famous victory at Carrow Road in 1976 when City beat QPR 3 - 2. Rangers would have one the league that year if they had won that game.

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    Capri

    Friday, January 6, 2012

  • Well spoken PL ,you sir are a credit to your profession ,unlike Mr Warnock ,who blames anything and everthing for his and his teams bad performance ,he will be blaming a solar eclipse next

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    walkern canary

    Friday, January 6, 2012

  • Calm down! Calm down! It's only a game of football.

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    Redsforever

    Friday, January 6, 2012

  • Well said Lambo, Warnock is a joke, last year it was Grant Holt cheating this year it is Bradley, he has also labelled Van Persie as a cheat. His problem is he is a poor manager struggling to survive so he kicks off at anything, word of advice Mr Warnock, just recognise when you have been beaten by a better team, learn from how and why they beat you and act with dignity when talking about fellow proffesionals

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    jaroldcanary

    Friday, January 6, 2012

  • Lambert sticking with his squad of soldiers through thick and thin. No wonder these boys run themselves to the ground for him. OTBC. Neil Warnock what a w..., what a w...

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    obawa

    Saturday, January 7, 2012

  • no bradders is not a cheat the only cheat is "joey" burton.perhaps as his name suggests he is one sad old bird!!!!!!

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    markysparky

    Friday, January 6, 2012

  • Good old Footyboy, tell it like you see it! While you're at it would you care to comment on your team's dire league position or explain why your uninspiring manager can't string together a decent string of results! It's been fascinating to see how your team has built upon the 4-1 and 5-1 thrashings you received by us last season with the fantastic season you're having so far!!

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    Tom Downs

    Friday, January 6, 2012

  • Maybe Carlos Tevez will join one of the other teams at the bottom of the Premier League in this transfer window and he will end up relegating Warnock again - as he did at West Ham!! You can but hope. Future meetings between QPR and us will be really fun, if they are still in the Premier League and Warnock remains in charge.

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    Kent Anglian

    Friday, January 6, 2012

  • "Tom Downs" I hate to spoil your fun but i am not a Blues fan, I am a Spurs fan who taught you lot how to play football last week and who are slightly above you in the league !! so I will look forward to your further futile comments.. lol..

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, January 7, 2012

  • PL generally says very little, other than 'the lads have done excellent for me', win, lose or draw. He's handled this to perfection: 1 - stuff happens on the pitch; 2 - my player's not a cheat; 3 - we've spoken about his tweet, and that stays in house. Lambert has dignity, Colin has bitterness. 'Nuff said. Now for Burnley.

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    Bucks Canary

    Friday, January 6, 2012

  • Maybe the 16 refers to IQ, not sure, but of course heshe is entitled to hisher say. Maybe another site would be more apt?

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    RoadWarrior

    Friday, January 6, 2012

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