Mixed emotions for debutant Lisbie

KEVIN Lisbie was like a man who had found a quid, but lost a fiver after scoring on his full Blues debut.

Derek Davis

KEVIN Lisbie was like a man who had found a quid, but lost a fiver after scoring on his full Blues debut.

Sadly his goal wasn't enough to ensure a first day win for Town and he ended up on the losing side against Preston.

So it was mixed emotions when Lisbie spoke after the game.

He said: “Scoring on your debut is something every striker dreams about and scoring so early too was brilliant, but it was a bit of a let down to then lose.

“At the time it felt good scoring, but after the game it didn't feel so good hopefully next time a goal will come with a win and I can have a drink on it.”

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To add insult to injured pride, Lisbie is convinced he should have had a penalty when he was brought down by Sean St Ledger as time ticked away.

He said: “It was a penalty and the defender thought so too, because as he ran past me he said so.”

Like all involved with Town Lisbie hopes the defeat was just a blip and will serve as a wake up call.

Lisbie said: “We have had a chat in the dressing room and we have to realise that because of the home record from last year teams are going to come here and be hard to beat to so it is down to us to break teams down

“It is a wake up call as the gaffer says and down to us all to put things right.”

Lisbie and co get the chance to make amends to some extent tomorrow when they take on Leyton Orient in the Carling Cup.

Lisbie added: “It is only one game and we won't be thinking about Burnley yet.

“We don't want to lose two home games in a row so we will be concentrating on Tuesday.”

Getting a goal always helps a new player and Lisbie feels he is forging a good relationship up front with birthday boy Pablo Counago, who turned 29 on Saturday, but Alan Lee is also knocking on the door.

He said: “I scored playing with small man so it works. Many smallish strikers will tell you they prefer a big man but Pablo is so good in that hole and he can slip me in. The more we work together the better we will be.

“Pablo likes to drop deep like me and the fact he is in there means I can't do that but it is something we can work on.

“Pablo and I can form a partnership but it won't always be us two it could be Pablo and Alan Lee or me and Alan.”

The former Colchester United and Charlton striker also enjoyed linking with Danny Haynes who played the ball in for his second minute goal.

He said: “Danny is good young player who will get better and he put in a very good ball.”

Lisbie feels the game was lost because town allowed Preston to come back into the game by dropping back too far.

He added: “We allowed them to push up because our midfield and our defence dropped deep and that allowed them to push on us.”