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Lambert - Pick Up And Go Again

Paul Lambert has told the players to 'pick themselves up and go again' after today's very disappointing performance and result against Southampton.

Speaking to the Official Site after the 4-1 loss Lambert explained he was reasonably pleased with our first half display, but offering no excuses for the second half capitulation, he described it as simply 'not good enough.'

'If you're not bang at it, that's what can happen. We deserved to go one nil up but you have to sustain that. In the second half it wasn't good enough. Now we pick ourselves up and go again.'

With Manchester City and the Baggies coming up there's likely to be a bit more anger before joy over the coming week.

'Losing Stephen was a blow because I thought he was playing really well. But there's no excuse for that. We needed the second goal, one is never enough. I never get too high when we win and I never get too despondent when we lose. They gave us the effort and I can't fault that, we will keep cracking on.'

The scoreline is one thing, but I think most fans are angry about the performance. It wasn't so much really that it was a bad day at the office, it was just the decisions weren't right. Way too many long balls, midfield disappeared and the substitutions were a bit bizarre making us weaker and not improving us.

But again as we all know, it's a learning curve. Benteke and Westwood aren't quite ready yet, so we should see Herd and Weimann back involved until they are - but it'll take time for it to all come together, and as we were all saying after Swansea anywhere, there was lots of work still left to do and improvements to be made.

Today clearly showed that to be the case.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 22 2012

Time: 7:50PM

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Thats all we can do. Thought that taking Bannan off when Ireland had already gone off was a bad move... Should have taken Holman or El Ahmadi off and moved Bannan inside
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22/09/2012 20:04:00

We are going to struggle big time. The signings have been very very poor.
We're Not Fickle
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22/09/2012 20:14:00

We are going to struggle big time. The signings have been very very poor.
We're Not Fickle
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22/09/2012 20:14:00

A lamentable performance and a shameful result.
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22/09/2012 20:20:00

Bit early to write the signings off i think.
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22/09/2012 20:27:00

i think we got some of the worst fans about we only sing when we are winning i knoew this would happen last against everton we were crap then newcastle and last week we were the best and this week we crap again is this what you call support? just stop moaning like a bunch of women and get behind the team ! make me sick some of no loyalty whatsoever
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22/09/2012 20:38:00

agree black villian not saying we wont struggle but some of the so called fans are a disgrace
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22/09/2012 21:13:00

Fans need to call it as they see it, and that was just unacceptable.
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22/09/2012 21:43:00

Also agree black_villian. Have also been fickle myself this season but enough is enough. If people want an indicator of where Villa are and where they are going consider this. At Euro 2000 the German national side were awful. They didn't get out of their group and played stone age football. The wheels had fallen off the once might 'German Machine'. The DFB (German FA) created a long term plan to resurrect the side. It took them a decade. Even when they got to the 2002 WC Final it was considered a flukey aberration. it wasn't until the last 2-3 years that they have enjoyed of long term planning. Something similar is happening at Villa and the fans will have to be patient.
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22/09/2012 21:47:00

* The fruits of long term planning.
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22/09/2012 21:48:00

Lads you have to understand the anger from some fans, there will be a lot of knee jerk reactions purely because this result is terrible for us. Yeah people might say Southampton aint that bad but come on 4-1 it's a joke. No point being falkse and forcing yourself to put positive words in your mouth, there were no positives today and yes there is a long way to go and as the season goes on the strongeer we will get, this wont be the first spanking we will get but yeah don't bash the fans who are stating the obvious...nothing wrong with being angry when your teams performance is a disgrace.
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22/09/2012 21:53:00

Oh and we have been playing a diamond formation for anyone who is wondering, seen some comments about Bannan being on the wing, no he isn't, he is on the left side of a diamond with El Ahmadi in a deep role, Holman the opposite side of Bannan, tucked in the middle, and Ireland at the head of it...The fullbacks are more like our wingers.
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22/09/2012 21:56:00

P.Avfc -- Agree that the fans have the right to be angry but it would be constructive if those fans attempted a diagnosis of the problem(s) and gave ideas as to how the problems could be overcome. 'Not good enough'. Agreed. Why wasn't it good enough. To say it is the fault of the new signings is laughable. Last week some of the fans were calling them world beaters but now they are supposed to be costing the club points. Would rather have Benteke than Torres any day of the week.
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22/09/2012 22:05:00

STOP chatting ***** Lambert and grow a pair and confront the penny pinching *****er on the board! Lerner OUT!
Green Villan
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22/09/2012 22:13:00

I agree with you black-villian. OK we were playing a promoted team, but they were one of the highest spending clubs in Europe during the transfer window. We have signed young players so we can develop them. They aren't going to develop in 2 or 3 weeks. We signed no-one with PL experience. It takes time to get used to playing at this level and those players need support not knee jerk reactions. Confidence is the key and negative reactions will not give the players confidence.
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22/09/2012 22:14:00

Thats right GLB. You can't put a footballer in a plant pot, water him and in a few weeks you have a world class EPL footballer. Ronaldo, Henry, RVP and many more world class EPL players to a while to make an impact. Some of these players are also learning a new language and probably feeling isolated and suffering from 'culture shock'.
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22/09/2012 22:20:00

We need to remember The Saints were 1 down at half time at home and loking at no points from 5 games. They came out and played like they had nothing to lose and most teams would have struggled to keep the door closed. 4-1 flattered The Saints, we will have days like this but the vision must not change. Give youth a chance no knee jerk reactions and smiles will be back when we chin the Baggies next Sunday.
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22/09/2012 22:27:00

Obvious it's a bad result lads but calm down this season it's a major rebuilding season and was always going to be like this. Lets see you all cheer when we beat Brom next week. Saints were winning against City and United they have a solid team and play good football. We threw it away but it was more their second half fight back than our collapse. The young lads will learn from this. Forget this one and look forward
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22/09/2012 23:49:00

lol do you always over react like this? After Arsenal, home soil, it was always going to be ours. You didn't play well but you're like 2-3 years behind us with Lambert. Get a grip boys, you'll be find under Lambert, just give him time.
Vital Saint
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23/09/2012 01:21:00

I'm bitterly disappointed, but I'll get over it in a couple of days.... it's what us Villa fans do you know. We beat Swansea, look what Everton did to them. Look what Arsenal did to Southampton and look what they did to us..... Yardsticks and comparisons....
Pride of Lions
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23/09/2012 02:11:00

I think your oversimplifying things pride. It's not as simple as A beats B, B beats C etc. Far to many other variables like team strengths, form on the day, individual errors.
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23/09/2012 07:26:00

2-3 years behind you vital saint, what a clown.
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23/09/2012 08:47:00

Guinnessvilla: so true mate.
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23/09/2012 09:26:00

Vital Saint, your comment was going so well until you said we are 2-3 years behind you? Are you actually serious? Don't think you will see us getting stuffed against Arsenal, on any other day we will give you a hiding, and I'm pretty sure you will get one when you come to VP...We will get stronger as the season goes on, like everyone is saying, we have signed young players who need time BUT can't bash fans for being angry and dissapointed at this result.
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23/09/2012 11:56:00

To be fair to Vital Saint, the point I think he was trying to make is that they have been building their team for 2-3 years and hence the reason the are a settled side playing good stuff. Whereas we are just starting out on the rebuilding process. Try and look at it from an outsiders point and you will see that in 2-3 years we too could have a nice settled team playing good stuff, if we stick with our current regime. UTV
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23/09/2012 13:49:00

If you think Lions are fickle then consider's not yet October and yet (Brendan)'Rodgers Out' is already showing up as a Google search result.
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23/09/2012 18:59:00

Will moan like a woman black_villain as that's what I am! But totally agree about Villa fans being fickle - always great support at away games at the beginning and then always tails off - really embarrassing, with yesterday being one of the worst as we had given them so much stick at the start and the songs they were singing at the end were so right, including "is there a fire drill" when most of the villa fans decided to leave! On another disgraceful note, for the fans that were actually there at the final whistle, there was no acknowlegement to the travelling fans from any of the team apart from Lowton, Vlaar and El Ahmadi. Paul Lambert - have a word mate - we spend good money most weeks watching overpaid players not achieving but deserve the respect!
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23/09/2012 19:02:00

Agree with your sentiments kgvf. It's interesting that it was only the new boys who acknowledged the fans.
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23/09/2012 19:10:00

You're at the beginning of the Lambert journey, and he has a lot of work to do yet. We are already drilled in what Adkins expects, that's what I meant. No disrespect was meant boys, calm down.

Thank you Gibbo, that was exactly what I meant, but obviously wasn't clear enough.
Vital Saint
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23/09/2012 20:29:00

No problem with Saints comment for me in fact considering they stuffed us 4-1 it was sight more bloody polite than we would have been had rolls been reversed. Early days and yes this season could be a struggle but for all those already moaning how would you like Mcloser back >? !!!. Just a reminder we are stuck with 13 million quids worth of his signings who cant get a game in our young side.
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24/09/2012 11:48:00


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