Lambert’s men must bounce back again

It's an ugly word, coined by Iain Dowie, but bouncebackability is what City have – and today they set out to prove, for the 14th time, that they have it.

Under Lambert, City have lost just 15 games in all competitions, but can boast they have never lost two in a row in the same season. The only time they have come near to it was the final game of last season when, with the League One title already secured, they succumbed at home to Carlisle United on the final day – and then lost this season's opener, at home to Watford.

Even then the circumstances were exceptional, but nowadays the tests are much more difficult – defeat at new leaders Cardiff last weekend means City need to avoid defeat against Burnley this afternoon to maintain the run.

Is the record a motivational tool? Not as far as Lambert is concerned.

'It's not really, because the lads know if you get beat you have got to try and get back as quick as you can and so far, in the time I have been here, that's what has happened,' he said. 'They know they have to try and win, they don't need me to tell them.

'We are playing well enough to go and try and win the game again. Once you get beat you do your best to try and get the next one.'

Standing between City and continuing the run are a side that was in the Premier League last season. Burnley counted Manchester United, Everton and Spurs among their victims and while they failed to last the pace, Lambert believes their decision not to make wholesale changes will stand them in good stead.

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'I think they will be round about it,' he said. 'They haven't lost many players from the Premier League and they are just down – that is what we have to combat, a team that has just come down and it is another hard game for us. We are at home and we are playing well – but I also respect what they have got as a club and what they have done in recent years.

'Did they have to adapt more than we did? I'm not so sure because they are still a really good side.'

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