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Aston Villa Focus - Villa's worst start to a campaign, but still reasons to be cheerful

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By Dominic Price

Friday 12 October 2012

The 2-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Tottenham on Sunday confirmed that Aston Villa have now suffered their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign. Added to their very poor end to last season, Villa have now only won one out of the last 17 fixtures in the league.

Paul Lambert

The statistics show that it has been a tough period for Villa, but the fans will tell you a different story. They will speak of their hope for a successful season under new manager Paul Lambert; they will talk of the exciting future the club has. Despite the poor performances displayed by their team for almost the entirety of 2012 the fans still remain hopeful, and it is that hope Lambert must keep a hold of for as long as possible if he is to turn the fortunes of Aston Villa around.

Their have been positives so far this season, as Lambert looks to rebuild the shattered confidence of a squad that limped over the finished line last time out. The 4-2 victory at the Etihad stadium in the Capital One Cup achieved a few weeks ago will almost certainly be the highlight for the remainder of the season, with the team putting in an impressive performance to conquer the league champions in their own back yard. Additionally, a perhaps more pertinent positive came with the 2-0 victory at home to Swansea. With Villa struggling for form and perilously close to the relegation zone, the victory earned against the Swans could yet prove vital.

The International break means that Aston Villa's next fixture away to Fulham will not be until the 20th October, giving the team and manager Lambert two weeks to prepare for the journey down to Craven Cottage. With several of the squad’s senior players away on International duty Lambert will be hoping the break will have a positive effect on his team’s performances, giving the players a break from the stresses and strains of day to day club football. He will also be hoping the break will allow him to welcome back two senior players from injury, with Irish duo Steven Ireland and Richard Dunne not too far away from a return to the first team.

Paul Lambert will not be happy with the start his Aston Villa side has made, but he, along with the Villa fans, know that it is very early days in his regeneration of a squad which struggled throughout the previous campaign. In the upcoming months he will be hoping for plenty more highs like the victory over Manchester City, but Villa fans should not get carried away with a victory over the champions. There remains a long way to go to get the team back to where it once was, and Lambert still has a lot of work to do to get them there.

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