Friday, 15th August, 2014

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has insisted that his squad cannot use the excuse of being a young group of players any more this season.

Villa escaped relegation last season and finished 15th in the Premier League table on 38 points.

Lambert, who joined the Villans in 2012 from Norwich City, has insisted that his squad of players cannot be termed greenhorns any more.

“They are not young any more. They have had two years of it”, the Scot was quoted as saying by ITV.

The 45-year-old insisted that the Villa squad cannot go on giving the excuse of being young for their poor performances on the pitch.  


He feels that excuse has run its course and it is time that the club start delivering the goods on the pitch.

“You can't keep going with that excuse. You stand up and take it now. You can only get away with that for so long.

“Jack Grealish is young. But the rest – they are men now.”

Aston Villa will take on Stoke City in their first league fixture at the Britannia Stadium tomorrow.

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