Aston Villa manager admits team are in a relegation scrap
Paul Lambert must be wondering if the past couple of weeks have been a dream – or perhaps a nightmare! A 3-1 win at Anfield suggested that Aston Villa were cruising towards a mid-table finish this season although they have now suffered three heavy defeats which leaves them hovering above the relegation zone.
December 29th, 2012
An 8-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge appears to have left a mental scar on this young squad who have gone on to lose 4-0 and 3-0 at home to Spurs and Wigan respectively. Lambert has now admitted that his team are scrapping against the drop this term but reckons the Midlands outfit should avoid relegation.
Asked whether he understood the fans’ frustrations, Lambert replied: “Absolutely. The fans since I’ve been here have been brilliant, totally fantastic with myself and the team, so I can understand [their reaction]. The crowd will go away hurt like everybody else, so are we [hurt]. I know we have to stick together, that’s really important.
“This football club has been in a survival battle for the last couple of years. You’re in a fight, but so are about eight other teams. Everybody is in a fight. The last three results have certainly hurt us, there’s no doubt about it because everybody was all positive after the Liverpool game [when Villa won 3-1 prior to the Chelsea defeat]. But as soon as three results go against you, there’s negativity, I can understand that. I can see that. But I’ve got the belief that Aston Villa will be fine.”