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Lambert Really Disappointed

Paul Lambert has admitted he was disappointed following today's showing, but he promises the team will pick themselves up.

Speaking to the Official Site following the 3-1 loss, Lambert did say he was pleased with how we kept going but admitted our efforts came after the horse had bolted.

'You have to react and pick yourself up. There's another game on Tuesday so you have to pick yourself up. I was really disappointed. You can't, in any game of football, give someone a couple of goals start. The only pleasing thing was the second half, we kept going but the horse had bolted.'

Lambert continued to talk about the fans pushing the team on, but it being down to the team to create the running and the tempo especially when at home.

He also said.

'It's my responsibility. I take the blame for it, but there's a chance to rectify it on Tuesday.'

Which makes a refreshing change after last season. However, in many ways he is right. We didn't create enough against West Ham but we were very solid defensively.

Removing Delph from the team was the wrong decision to take, and he sat defensively very well, albeit not giving us anything up front. And there are no excuses for the performance from the person who lost the ball or ran it out of play every single time it came with 5ft of him. What was it, one cross - to the position Bent was in before he moved into some space.

We can't keep carrying players and that's 2 for 2 now for our No 10.

A more balanced midfield has to include Bannan, El Ahmadi, Delph, Herd or Holman, depending on whether we lead with 1 or 2 up front. Leave Bannan to pick out the passes, and leave Delph to sit in front of the defence.

West Ham showed we created more with Bannan on, but we were weaker defensively, and to be honest we don't have enough movement up front when Bent is alone, so start him with Weimann and give the midfield the chance to pass forward instead of having to go sideways or backwards because there isn't an option on.

Most will want to know about transfer following today, so Paul ended with.

'If something comes available and I think it's worthwhile, then you can look at it. Randy, Paul and I will sit down and see what's going to happen.'

Now I can't for the life of me believe Lambert took the job with the plan to only bring in three players before the window shut. Maybe some options haven't come off, but there has to be other options out there that would improve the squad and give us more depth.

I'm all for the youth being given the chance as everybody knows, but we all equally know where we are weak in the team, and youngsters will make mistakes, so they need quality around them.

Another three in has to be the minimum really. I don't buy into the relegation worries some have at the moment, because with a better balance - dare I say the right balance - in the team, whilst we won't suddenly become a surprise package this season, a 12 to 15 place finish is doable. But without another three quality additions it wouldn't take many suspensions or injuries to totally derail that given how thin we are currently.

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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 25 2012

Time: 7:30PM

Your Comments

Mike, Bannan is a waste of fresh air mate shouldn't be anywhere near a Villa first team IMHO
villan57
Agree villan57 Bannan can sometimes pick out a decent pass but apart from that he is absolutely invisible! Championship is his level.
avfcwills10
Mike, Bannan is useless. The midfield has to include all 5 of those if Bannan is one of them. Agree RE: Delph though, he was missed today. The manager owned up to making a mistake!! Hallelujah. He will move on from this and learn from it unlike Eck last year. He needs time and Everton were good, organised erc. There was a few good performances from our lads. They need time to gel. Bannan was definitely not one of them. We played 10 times better as soon as he left the field.
Villan444
Would like to see a cash+players offer for Thomas Ince. That lad is going to be a huge talent. He's probably going to be a future England regular. To sign a player like that will show intent. Agree with the comment about Delph, MF, and second the two postings about Bannan, too. The former is developing into a key player for Villa. The latter won't make it here.
VillaWillRiseAgain
Agree with the three comments about Bannan!
VillaWillRiseAgain
Was beaten in every dept today by a good team with a good manager who has had 10 years as oppossed to ours who has had 10 weeks, although I think Lambert got his selection wrong today. We still look power puff goin fwd, not once did we see fullbacks overlap(Baker is not a full back and I thought hewas excellent when he moved across to CB) or wingers who beat a player to cross or just cross(Herd is not a winger & Nzogbia is absolutely dire).We were destroyed across the middle and although I feel KAE will be a good additon I think Bannan is a luxury we can ill afford on this showing especially in a 2 man centre against better players and more numbers. Now I like Bent and he is a finisher that we do not want to sell, but unless we work out a plan to play to his strengths than he is worthless and offers nothing and is passenger that we can not carry. Guzan is ever nearer to grabbing the number 1 jersey and do not think we can risk Weimann or the Fonz coming good and need a CF desperately as well as a LB, CB, CM, and winger. I am not panicking and feel we will pick up eventually but we need some players this week or we will struggle more than we possibly imagined. Today was a little wake up call that we can still do something about.
marcobavfc
p.s Would really like to see Lichaj given an opportunity, has impressed me every time he has played!
marcobavfc
marco have you seen the upcoming fixture list? Can't see where a win is going to come from on current form. End of October at the earliest, perhaps? Lambert has had ten weeks at Villa, true, but he was a footie manager and highly decorated player before that. He isn't a novice or newbie. Steve Wade has pointed out the lack of investment in the club as being the main problem. He's right. RL did shell out a lot on players under MON. However, MON squandered a fortune on mediocre-to-average British and Irish hoofers and scufflers. Then Milner and Young were sold. Is RL worried about history repeating itself? Perhaps. However, without serious investment in the squad the future is bleak.
VillaWillRiseAgain
Bannan is not good enough, end of. We seriously need at least 4 or 5 players. First team players as well, not a couple of first teamers and a few squad players. It sickens me to see Adam Johnson sign for Sunderland with us either unwilling or unable to be a serious contender for his signiture. Ricardo Carvalho linked with a loan move to QPR, why not us?. Swansea were only promoted last year and are a far more enticing club to sign for. That is a disgrace.
Lock
We could do with a few players for sure, but it's nice to have a proper manager talking sense for once. No need to get despondent, it's early days. I'd love to get Charlie Adam if possible, he'd really improve us. And a striker/left back is really a must tbh. Wonder if Chicorito on loan would be possible.
SchoolBoyError
VWRA yes I have seen the fixture list and was merely making the point that Moyes has done wonderful over the years but had some real tough times early on...I also said I am not panicking just yet as it is not the end of the window or Oct as yet but will do if it is the same come then and we have not improved the squad or the results. I also thought he go it wrong today as I stated, infact I also said it was a real wake up call!!!
marcobavfc
Wow what a game, we played for 25minutes. The rest, we practised defending which was poor. No support for bent, Baker was horrendous at left back. Until Weimann came on, we didn't look up to it. Must say what a goal El scored. Nzog made a really good run first half, apart from that....... We got ripped apart on the left wing, ShayGiven was 10yards from me, I dunno how he did not stop the goal. overall the score does not reflect how poor we was. Our link up play is rubbish. Can't wait for Tuesday, I still think we will come good. But today I had more fun watching the Everton fans lol i must say my little brother done Villa proud being a ball boy and bringing out the flag :-)
Blitz
Panicking - no....Concerned - Most definately!!!
marcobavfc
thank god for the internet - otherwise I d have just gone home and shot myself (& maybe taken a few with me, 21st century style)........ So the consensus is, Paul - GUZAN, LIHAJ BAKER VRAAL LAWTON, IRELAND HERD AHMADI CLARK or DELPH, WEIMANN BENT minus anyone you buy by Friday perhaps
malacaxeta
Easy solution. Go out and buy Huddlestone, Dawson and a striker on loan.
PiperUK
The best bit for me today was Everton singing "We're gonna win the League" at 0-2 and then (a small pocket of) The Holte singing the same thing at 0-3. Sometimes you just have to laugh or else you'd cry!! El Ahmadi & Vlaar looked like proper players to me. If PL can unearth some more in this ilk we'll be OK (eventually). Disappointed, concerned & deflated tonight though. :(
Adam Deuce
Even though I fancied everton to beat us today I’m in total shock at how bad we played 1st half, 2 games in and things are looking grim, lerner get your hand in your pocket sharpish before its too late, team formation was also a shock, I have never ever rated bannan and today he was bloody awful, holman made a big difference he was full of energy and threaded some quality balls into the box, n,zog my-oh-my you are crapppp……. this is a BIG week for villa!!! so mr lerner by this time next week we will see if you really do have villa blood in you veins. UP THE VILLA………..
chasrack
Words, words, words...same old..
kojak
LB - Olsson or Creswell CB - Dawson CM.- Milner ST - Sturridge. There's your list Randy
AdzVilla11
Sorry to say AdzVilla but we ain't gonna get any of them from Poundland. Though that isn't a bad shopping list at all.
Pride of Lions
We're still gonna win the league :-)
holte ender 1969
Having had all night to think on the game, it is clear that Fonz had his last chance yesterday, Lambert now knows that he has 1 forward less in the squad. Baker was superb and played well in both positions, I know he didn't get forward when at LB but defensively was sound. Given looks a shadow and the euro problems have carried on, he needs benching. Clark, harsh card but looked shakey at times and panicky in a couple of instances. N'Zogbia, If that was him making a difference then what he thinks is good is way off the mark from the rest of us. Bent bone bloody idle. Bannan tried once again to hit the magical pass far to often, always looked for the ball I will give him but the wasted it. Vlaar soild and looked better with Baker alongside him. Lowton I thought was steady but again when going forward did not offer the width. Al-hamadi nice strike and was busy all afternoon but lacked a partner to pick up. Herd was solid and I am still not sure where his best position is, and neither is Lambert. We lacked width yesterday and that was painfully clear we are never going to create with the fullbacks, I expected to see a roar yesterday and what I got was a whimper. We need at least 3 players with premiership experience and I don't mean from a relegated club.
rdunbar100
It was one of the pundits on MOTD last night that every consists of good partnerships, and when I thought of it, there's no two or more players that gel on the pitch in the Villa team. It's like we're fielding 11 players who have neve played with each other before. I think we've had a poor pre season and we still haven't decided what our best team is yet, which is a dangerous way to start a season as PL is finding out. Baker is not a LB, he'll be a top CB but the LB position should be regarded as a priority to strengthen. Saying that, Bent desperately needs a good partner up front. I wouldn't write the Fonz off yet as it was his first game back after injury but he doesn't seem ready yet. Weimann seems a better option but I'd rather dip into the market. I always said we should've gone for Lukaku on loan. In PL I still trust though, but how long will it take to decide on our best team.
VillaHippo
*every good team
VillaHippo
Terrible match, money needs to be spent or Randy won't have anyone to hide behind this time. I honestly don't care of they cost money. He decided to buy a Football club so you have to maintain it...it's not rocket science. Had a made dream last night that PL walked (MON style)as he had been lied too by the board!
son_of_cher
Agree we wouldn't get Sturridge or Milner Pride but I'd really love to see us move for Dawson and the more I see of young Ince makes me want him also. We need players and fast
AdzVilla11
Next game we should start Weimann along side Bent, Ireland and Delph on the middle and Herd and Holman on the wings. Give Bent a few touches and there problem solved. Ireland being our attacking midfielder and Delph covering the defence.
Avfc94 we do
Due to work committments I could not make game yesterday but did manage to go to Blackpool - Ipswich. Ince looks a prospect but I wonder how many of our youngsters could look that good given time in that league, especially against Ipswich. Any Villa fan thinking we should shell £6m on Cresswell needs to get real, he is not as good as what we already have. Also we must not go near Matt Philipps - he is not as good as Albrighton.
djvilla
Very poor showing. I said last week, and again this, it looks like men against boys. Ireland needs to play every week so we have someone who is creative and he can find his form. Bannan is not good enough. Baker looked good last year at CB and showed it yesterday. I have always thought Clark is too slow. It shows by the number of yellows he has to concede whne in midfield. At CB he need to learn better positioning of he will be getting more reds. Lets see now he is suspended how Baker does with Vlaar? The new guys do not have the baggage and bad memories form losing so many games last 2 years that the rest of the squad have. So the more new winners we get the better. Weimann looks so up for it whenever he plays, if we do not buy another striker he has to be given a chance to start. Lambert looks to be giving all the players a chance, like MON did, remeber Luke Moore having a good 12 game run and not making it. Do that for Weimann and I reckon he will score us a few. Bent has no service,if I were him I would be pulling my hair out and putting in a transfer request. My team for Tranmere would be Guzan, Lihaj Baker Vlaar Lowton, Delph Herd, Ireland Holman, Bent Weimann. I am sure PL will switch some players and change it again. At Norwich he hardly ever kept the same same side. No need to panic yet, PL is taking responsibility, as he should, and this also takes the pressure off the players. We do need to get some combinations going EG Baines Pienaar. This will come with time but some more in's and outs have to happen this week if we are going to avoid a relegation battle IMO.
Jimavfcscsa
 

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