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Lambert has faith despite Aston Villa struggles

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By James McLean

Monday 14 January 2013

Paul Lambert insists it is still too early to sound the panic alarm at Villa Park, despite seeing his Aston Villa side drop into the bottom three of the Premier League at the weekend following a 1-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Southampton.

Paul Lambert

The Scotsman, who was the first Brit to win a Champions League medal with a non-UK team while playing for Borussia Dortmund in 1997, listened as his side were booed from the field following the display on Saturday.

Lambert remains confident that things will improve, however, and insisted that his side are far from the only ones in a relegation scrap this season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Lambert said: “You can't panic.

You keep going. There's a long, long way to go. There will be loads of twists and turns. If you look at the middle of that table, there is not much in it. There are about eight or nine teams.

"I do [expect Villa to climb the table]. I said that from day one. I just do.

The defeat to Southampton means the Villans have picked up just a single point from their last five matches. The Midlands outfit also face a deficit in the Capital One Cup semi-final, where they suffered a surprise 3-1 loss in the first leg at the hands of League Two promotion chasers Bradford City, conquerors of Arsenal in this year’s tournament.

Lambert, however, does not feel that defeats to fellow strugglers necessarily heighten the pressure, adding: “It doesn't matter if it's Southampton, Wigan, Liverpool or Manchester United, I never take any game lightly. I think every game in this division is tough."

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