Monday, 14th January, 2013

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has sought to reassure the club’s fans that results will improve after the side plunged into the Premier League relegation zone at the weekend.

Lambert’s men lost 1-0 at home against Southampton, a result which comes hot on the heels of an embarrassing 3-1 defeat in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final against League Two side Bradford City.

The Scot was appointed with high expectations during the summer, succeeding Alex McLeish – but Villa are still a side battling relegation and appear to be suffering a real slump in both form and confidence.

But Lambert is sticking to his view that things will turn around for Aston Villa soon and has urged the club’s fans not to worry.


"You can’t panic. You keep going", he told his club’s official site.

"There’s a long, long way to go. There will be loads of twists and turns in this whole thing."

Lambert was pressed on why he is so sure Aston Villa will survive and head up the table and could only offer his faith.

"I just do. I said that from day one. I just do.

"If you look at the middle of that table, there is not much in it. There are about eight or nine teams."

Aston Villa now enter a period of tough games, after matches against Wigan (home), Swansea (away) and Southampton (home) brought just one point.

Next up in the Premier League for Lambert’s side is a run of games that includes West Brom (away), Newcastle (home), Everton (away), West Ham (home), Arsenal (away) and Manchester City (away), which takes the side into March.

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