Villa boss won't press panic button after Saints defeat

Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert

First published in Saints News

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he will not press the panic button - but statistics would suggest he has every right to after his side slipped into the Premier League bottom three.

Villa can rightly point to a controversial penalty - converted by Rickie Lambert - leading to their downfall in yesterday's 1-0 home reversal against fellow strugglers Saints.

But their malaise goes much deeper than referee Mark Halsey awarding a spot-kick against Villa defender Enda Stevens for a challenge on Jay Rodriguez when no contact was made.

In their last 38 league games - the equivalent of a full campaign - Villa have managed just five wins and collected only 30 points - clear relegation form.

They are also seven points worse off now than at the same stage last season under the much maligned Alex McLeish and have the worst scoring and defensive records in the top flight this season.

It is damning evidence that shows their current dire position is more than a blip and that 25 years of continual top flight football is under immense threat.

Lambert's policy of bringing in young and hungry talent, via the £23 million made available to him by club owner Randy Lerner last summer, is now coming under intense scrutiny.

He is in desperate need this month of the kind of funding that saw Lerner splash out £24 million on Darren Bent two years ago to save Villa from the drop but admits he cannot make big money signings.

Lambert said: "You can't panic. There's a long, long way to go. There will be loads of twists and turns in this whole thing.

"We didn't want to be in the bottom three after 22 games but nothing is set in stone in football and you just keep meeting the challenge head on.

"You've just got to keep going. There is no secret formula in football. Better managers than myself will tell you that.

"It is disappointing to lose the way we did via the penalty but that's the way things seem to be going for us at the moment. We are not getting the little breaks you need."

Lambert took solace from a second half performance in which striker Christian Benteke spurned several chances but he will not lay the finger of blame on the Belgium international.

"Effort wise and performance wise, especially second half, was very good. We just couldn't take the chances we created.

"We are getting kicked all over the place at the moment but you just keep battling through it and meet the challenge head on.

"If we keep that effort and commitment up, that's the way to play football."

As regards Benteke's poor finishing, Lambert said: "I'm not going to have a blame culture. You are in it together, you win and lose together.

"On another day, Christian scores. To be fair to the big guy, he's pulled us out of trouble loads of times this year.

"He'll put a few in the back of the net, that's for sure."

When asked if he expects much to happen transfer-wise in January, Lambert said: "It's tough, it's really tough. We know the situation at the club.

"The chairman (Lerner) has been great, very good with me, and we will see what happens."

In addition to Benteke's lack of finishing power, Villa defender Nathan Baker headed against the bar but they could not find an equaliser and the midlands club have now taken only one point from the last 15 since the win at Liverpool.

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2:33pm Sun 13 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Can we offer this thread for the sole use of our pet WUMs I can't see any other use for it?
Can we offer this thread for the sole use of our pet WUMs I can't see any other use for it? OSPREYSAINT
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2:38pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Saint. says...

So whose the Villa fan DE?
So whose the Villa fan DE? Saint.
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3:02pm Sun 13 Jan 13

saintkenny says...

who gives a toss
who gives a toss saintkenny
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4:40pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Littleton-Saint says...

Appalling for our local rag to be reporting on Villa like this.
Appalling for our local rag to be reporting on Villa like this. Littleton-Saint
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5:47pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

I'm not surprised the author left his name off this article.
I'm not surprised the author left his name off this article. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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6:27pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Tirau Dan says...

Put this picture in the Papers and Paul Lambert will be embarrassed!
pic.twitter.com/Z4Mt
m9rT
It is a freeze frame of the defender kicking Jay a mile from the ball.

Our team and our fans embarrassed Aston Vanilla

3pts Well done Nigel, Team and Fans
Put this picture in the Papers and Paul Lambert will be embarrassed! pic.twitter.com/Z4Mt m9rT It is a freeze frame of the defender kicking Jay a mile from the ball. Our team and our fans embarrassed Aston Vanilla 3pts Well done Nigel, Team and Fans Tirau Dan
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6:28pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Tirau Dan says...

Will Lambert be sacked before Pardew? The race is on.
Will Lambert be sacked before Pardew? The race is on. Tirau Dan
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6:46pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Tirau Dan says...

A good story would be that Nat Clyne made the MOTD stats of the day at #2

Nat won possession of the ball with every tackle he made in the clean sheet at Aston Villa.

Now that would be super to see in the local paper.
A good story would be that Nat Clyne made the MOTD stats of the day at #2 Nat won possession of the ball with every tackle he made in the clean sheet at Aston Villa. Now that would be super to see in the local paper. Tirau Dan
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7:07pm Sun 13 Jan 13

SupportTheSaints says...

BYE BYE VILLA! OR WIGAN?
BYE BYE VILLA! OR WIGAN? SupportTheSaints
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7:10pm Sun 13 Jan 13

slugger says...

Who cares , the Villa game is history now .... onwards and upwards !
Who cares , the Villa game is history now .... onwards and upwards ! slugger
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7:56pm Sun 13 Jan 13

rocketone says...

Saint. wrote:
So whose the Villa fan DE?
No Villa fan.
Just more anti Saints propaganda!
[quote][p][bold]Saint.[/bold] wrote: So whose the Villa fan DE?[/p][/quote]No Villa fan. Just more anti Saints propaganda! rocketone
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7:58pm Sun 13 Jan 13

rocketone says...

Why do the Echo not realise that an awful lot of people don't buy it because of it's bias?
I hope that by posting on here they don't get revenue!
Why do the Echo not realise that an awful lot of people don't buy it because of it's bias? I hope that by posting on here they don't get revenue! rocketone
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8:10pm Sun 13 Jan 13

RedArmy1 says...

SupportTheSaints wrote:
BYE BYE VILLA! OR WIGAN?
QPR - READING - AND VILLA ARE GONE.

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR
[quote][p][bold]SupportTheSaints[/bold] wrote: BYE BYE VILLA! OR WIGAN?[/p][/quote]QPR - READING - AND VILLA ARE GONE. WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR RedArmy1
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10:33pm Sun 13 Jan 13

City Saint says...

This is a typical pick-up from ashared wire service like AFP. it's common to carry somethig like this wholesale in newspapers with access to syndicated copy, especially those with websites hosted by a web admin that administers a series of franchise newspaper websites (see Newsquest/Gannett links at bottom of the page). A DE editor probably had nothing to do with choosing to run this on the website, it was almost certainly a weekend shift franchise editor.
This is a typical pick-up from ashared wire service like AFP. it's common to carry somethig like this wholesale in newspapers with access to syndicated copy, especially those with websites hosted by a web admin that administers a series of franchise newspaper websites (see Newsquest/Gannett links at bottom of the page). A DE editor probably had nothing to do with choosing to run this on the website, it was almost certainly a weekend shift franchise editor. City Saint
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10:35pm Sun 13 Jan 13

City Saint says...

City Saint wrote:
This is a typical pick-up from ashared wire service like AFP. it's common to carry somethig like this wholesale in newspapers with access to syndicated copy, especially those with websites hosted by a web admin that administers a series of franchise newspaper websites (see Newsquest/Gannett links at bottom of the page). A DE editor probably had nothing to do with choosing to run this on the website, it was almost certainly a weekend shift franchise editor.
Either that, or the DE editors came in on Sunday especially, to find something to post that might put an end to the bickering over the j-rod penalty on the other thread, and this was the best they could find :)
[quote][p][bold]City Saint[/bold] wrote: This is a typical pick-up from ashared wire service like AFP. it's common to carry somethig like this wholesale in newspapers with access to syndicated copy, especially those with websites hosted by a web admin that administers a series of franchise newspaper websites (see Newsquest/Gannett links at bottom of the page). A DE editor probably had nothing to do with choosing to run this on the website, it was almost certainly a weekend shift franchise editor.[/p][/quote]Either that, or the DE editors came in on Sunday especially, to find something to post that might put an end to the bickering over the j-rod penalty on the other thread, and this was the best they could find :) City Saint
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2:05am Mon 14 Jan 13

IOAD says...

What the hell is a 'panic button'?
What actually happens when a manager presses it?
Managers all say they are refusing to press them. Are their chairmen given to stand over them, saying, 'Go on. Press it. That big red button on your desk. Press it now.'
Has a Premier League manager ever pressed one? I so, what happened?
Can I get one?
What the hell is a 'panic button'? What actually happens when a manager presses it? Managers all say they are refusing to press them. Are their chairmen given to stand over them, saying, 'Go on. Press it. That big red button on your desk. Press it now.' Has a Premier League manager ever pressed one? I so, what happened? Can I get one? IOAD
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2:05am Mon 14 Jan 13

IOAD says...

What the hell is a 'panic button'?
What actually happens when a manager presses it?
Managers all say they are refusing to press them. Are their chairmen given to stand over them, saying, 'Go on. Press it. That big red button on your desk. Press it now.'
Has a Premier League manager ever pressed one? I so, what happened?
Can I get one?
What the hell is a 'panic button'? What actually happens when a manager presses it? Managers all say they are refusing to press them. Are their chairmen given to stand over them, saying, 'Go on. Press it. That big red button on your desk. Press it now.' Has a Premier League manager ever pressed one? I so, what happened? Can I get one? IOAD
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2:05am Mon 14 Jan 13

IOAD says...

What the hell is a 'panic button'?
What actually happens when a manager presses it?
Managers all say they are refusing to press them. Are their chairmen given to stand over them, saying, 'Go on. Press it. That big red button on your desk. Press it now.'
Has a Premier League manager ever pressed one? I so, what happened?
Can I get one?
What the hell is a 'panic button'? What actually happens when a manager presses it? Managers all say they are refusing to press them. Are their chairmen given to stand over them, saying, 'Go on. Press it. That big red button on your desk. Press it now.' Has a Premier League manager ever pressed one? I so, what happened? Can I get one? IOAD
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2:05am Mon 14 Jan 13

IOAD says...

What the hell is a 'panic button'?
What actually happens when a manager presses it?
Managers all say they are refusing to press them. Are their chairmen given to stand over them, saying, 'Go on. Press it. That big red button on your desk. Press it now.'
Has a Premier League manager ever pressed one? I so, what happened?
Can I get one?
What the hell is a 'panic button'? What actually happens when a manager presses it? Managers all say they are refusing to press them. Are their chairmen given to stand over them, saying, 'Go on. Press it. That big red button on your desk. Press it now.' Has a Premier League manager ever pressed one? I so, what happened? Can I get one? IOAD
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2:01pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Nemesisaint says...

In your case it seems to be the submit button when the site hangs up and you can't tell that your first post was succesful.
In your case it seems to be the submit button when the site hangs up and you can't tell that your first post was succesful. Nemesisaint
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