Aston Villa manager Lambert backs Benteke to regain scoring form

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has offered to backing to striker Christian Benteke, who has struggled to score goals on a regular basis since returning from injury, reports the Daily Star.

The Belgian has managed only two goals in 12 appearances this season, having made his comeback at the beginning of November. The club are relying on him heavily for goals, as they have only managed a total of 11 in their 20 Premier League matches so far.

When asked about Benteke’s form, Lambert said: “Christian needs to keep going. In the last four or five games he has always had a chance – and it will come if he keeps persevering.”

And the Scot is hoping that he can use Sunday’s FA Cup outing against Championship relegation favourites Blackpool as the perfect opportunity to return to scoring form. “I don’t really have a big enough squad to make too many changes. We have to make sure we get through,’ Lambert added.

“We’re playing football in a really good way and creating more chances than we did do and the goals will come. As long as the lads don’t hide and keep going that’s the main thing. It takes big players to get a hold of the ball and pass it when things get nervy.”

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