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How O'Neill helped Lambert to Wycombe cup shock

WYCOMBE manager Paul Lambert has learnt a thing or two from his former manager at Celtic, Martin O'Neill, according to one of Wanderers' heroes of the 1-0 Carling Cup quarter-final win at Barclays Premiership strugglers Charlton.

Stefan Oakes was part of O'Neill's Leicester team which won the League Cup in 2000 against Tranmere, and he feels former Scotland midfielder Lambert has taken a leaf out of the Ulsterman's training manual.

"Paul Lambert played under Martin O'Neill when he was at Celtic, and is very similar to Martin in his coaching," said Oakes. "He is a great motivator and is able to get the best out of us.

"In the last few games in the league we have not produced, and the manager's temper has come out a little bit. But the win over Charlton will have put a smile back on his face."

Wycombe could easily have run out more comfortable winners on Tuesday night at The Valley, where goalkeeper Jamie Young was rarely troubled.

Lambert said: "I am a great believer that you can beat anybody on any given night in a one-off game. We had nothing to lose. All the pressure was on Charlton because they were the Premiership side."

Wycombe's goal hero Jermaine Easter admits he almost walked away from the game after being farmed out on loan to non-league Spennymoor three years ago. The 24-year-old Welshman

said: "At that stage of my career I was ready to quit. They were not good times.

"I knew it was the wrong decision to go there on loan from Hartlepool, but I could not get out of it and had to play there for a month. It was probably the longest month of my life. At that stage of my career I had so many lows, I could not see any highs."

Charlton chief executive Peter Varney admits their defeat by League Two side Wycombe was unacceptable. The feelings of some Charlton fans were made perfectly clear both during and after the game with chants of "you're not fit to wear the shirt" as well as calls for new manager Les Reed to be sacked and replaced by former West Ham manager Alan Pardew.

The defeat represented a new low for the south London club who are second bottom of the Barclays Premiership, five points and considerable goal difference adrift of safety.

Varney did not make any excuses and admitted he could understand the fans' frustration.

He said: "It was very unsatisfactory and I think a lot of our players have to take a good look at themselves.

"We need to apologise to the fans. They were very vociferous during the game and there was a protest outside afterwards. You cannot blame them for that."

 
 
 

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