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Lambert - That's A Start For Us

Paul Lambert has said Villa will start getting better each week after putting in a performance that should be our benchmark for the season against Newcastle today.

Speaking to the Official Site after the 1-1 draw, that in all honesty, we should've taken maximum points from, Lambert reflected:

'I thought we were excellent throughout to be fair, offensively and defensively. It was a wonder goal which pegged us back but the way we played, the football we played, was very good. They were excellent, I have nothing but praise for them. They will get better each week and every game, it's a start for us.'

Obviously the key talking point was dropping Shay Given for Brad Guzan and although it proved to be the right switch given Guzan's commanding performance, Lambert did talk about the shift Brad put in:

'I thought it was the right decision for the football club, Brad made two world class saves, his handling of the game was fantastic.'

In injury news, Herdy has thigh trouble, Bennett has a knock on his leg and Fabian Delph has a knee issue, but along with KEA limping off today, Lambert thinks all of them will be in contention for the next game.

Newcastle Match Thread.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 2 2012

Time: 8:07PM

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There are plenty of Villa fans lacking backbone and seem too quick to run their own club down. This was a good performance with several more players that will soon be included in the squad. However after one/1/single/solitary/ poor performance we are doomed, going to be relegated, down by Christmas blah blah blah. It is about time a few of the doomsayers grew some donegals and started showing some faith. At the start of the season I said that we would win everything this season. I stand by that. And if we don't then we will win everything next year. The Lion has had a little sleep. It has just opened it's eyes and having a think about who it's going to eat. Stay strong peeps. Talk our club up. There going to be a few maulings delivered by our Pride of Lions this season. We may occasionally pick a fight on the wrong pack this season and get a slap. But we will learn. The Lion is on the prowl again. UTV. The 19th minute.
voiceoftheholte
Spot on VOTH.................I HOPED FOR A WIN BUT GOT IT BANG TIDY.A DRAW,NOT SEEN THE GAME YET BUT I ALSO THINK WE WILL GET BETTER AS THE SEASON GOES ON ,Lambert is a good manager and will get us sorted .10th-14th i will be happy with as long as we move on,Rome was not built in a day but can see we will become a good team under him.............UTV
jasevilla
You want people to grow a place in Ireland?

To be honest the concerns are warranted, but today should be a big boost in terms of it might not be a fantastic season finish wise, but it's a step in the right direction. Today for showed I don't think I'm too far off in my guess at 10-14 come the end of the season, but again even I caveat that with depending on injuries, suspensions.
mike_field
Great effort. Quote from Lambert "the fans can see the players will run until they drop", if I see that - then wherever we finish, we can be proud.
DickySlade
i dont think ive ever been so delighted to draw in my life! a win would have been great but what a performance that was!!! absolutley thrilled! KEA looks like he can be the holding midfielder we all thought we needed to sign! i loved that diamond shape midfield it complimented the players we have very well. brilliant
avfcwills10
Every single away game must be looked on that if you get 1 point that's a job well done, we got 1 point at Newcastle Utd, which was a great result, and a fantastic platform to build on, well done to all involved, and COTV
eltoro
Love it! LOVE IT! Love it! So important to get a good result before the break but the most exciting thing was the commitment and style of play that we tried to implement. PUMPED
AdzVilla11
Much better. Unrecognisable from last season. Players were actually passing to one another and sometimes even shooting. It even looked like they were running! In all seriousness very happy with that performance and that's all I really care about at the moment. I'm very happy with PL thus far, he is definitely taking us in the right direction, results will come.
overlooked_villan
Sorted Eltoro!
mike_field
Hey voth, if there's any maulng to do, I'll be doing it over here and with one or two young ladies....Lol
Pride of Lions
I've only watched the first 60mins with work commitments but thought we grew as the game went on. The first 15-20 we gave the ball away far to often and heaped a little pressure on ourselves due to that. Once we got hold of the ball we then relaxed which helped. Lichaj looked nervous or was he just too pumped? A little reckless at times imho. Ireland was back topulling strings again and looking sharp and ready to track back also. The stand out was Guzan as the poll shows. Distribution was quick, authority within the box and showed good shot stopping ability. He has to be on the team sheet for the next game after that performance?? Well done the Villa and a good result away from home. UTV.
holte ender 1969
That was the best draw I have seen for a long time and I have to say I actually enjoyed watching us play for the first time in donkeys years. As has been said, will will still take a coulple of bashings this season as we grow and learn but if we play like that, finish mid table (for now), take a few scalps and just give a good account of ourselves I'll be happy. I thought we spent the whole game, even after we conceded, looking like a team that believed we could win it, that's all PL. it's a long road back, I for one am just glad to be moving again.
magicmerson
A good point gained and a good performance to boot. Hopefully we are on the way to shutting up a few critics and supposed expert pundits etc. Come on you Lions!!
Pride of Lions
cheers Mike
eltoro
If the fan at home against Swansea are not up for it after seeing that performance then nothing will get the atmosphere back at VP imo, we need the same attitue as VOTH bout time we started talking Villa up and believing again me thinks we are one of the top clubs in English football imo the biggest ever ;) UTV!
ClivetheVillan
I loved what I saw on MOTD 2 last night and heard on WM. The lads were really playing for the shirt, working ard and also playing well with pace and neat tippy tappy football which some people areso against! If we can maintain that level of effort we wont be in trouble. Also out of the bottom 3 whoop! so glad Guzan was given his chance as he was told he would be on equal ground and I feel much safer with his command of his area
Chelt Villan
Its amazing what competition for places does for a team!
KSarge1
ow true JSarge mate how tre indeed. Its the kick upthe backside some of them needed, Ireland was unrecognisable yesterday he was classey Bent was u for it, KEA is a right old battler and so on oh and Brad was immense in goal Lambert did the right thing there really proud today which has been difficult in recent times to feel UTV!
ClivetheVillan
Spot on ksarge. Dropping Given lets all the others know that they're not untouchable. Master stroke from PL.
Villan444
If I am honest thought we were in for a pasting instead we put in the best performance I have seen in 2 years and got a draw that could so easily have been a win. Delighted with the application shown by the whole team if we needed a morale boost we got it!. Well done Lambo and the lads UTV.
Merlin128777
voth, is David Attenborough going to do the commentary for your post? ;-)
VillaWillRiseAgain
 

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