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Stick With Paul Lambert

Stick With Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert has come into Aston Villa FC and made a huge error of judgement. At short notice, he has constructed a young team almost devoid of Premier League experience. I expect he did so under instruction to move on the high earners, but also with a degree of deluded confidence after his inexperienced Norwich team did well last season.

The big difference is that Norwich did so with a settled team on the back of two successive promotion campaigns with all the confidence that brings.

If you look at Saturday`s line up, other than Gabby, the only players with more than 20 Premier League appearances are:

Delph, Herd & Albrighton, none of whom could be considered as established PL players. It is an unforgiving league and we look a very poor team indeed. Surely Lambert has been around the game long enough to realise his error, but he can do nothing about it now until January.

I suspect then that he will move Bent (who looks disinterested) on and look to replace him with two or three experienced heads. A centre half and a couple of creative players are a must.

One thing is for certain, if we do not change we will be relegated by Easter. I don`t think Lambert should be sacked - what good will it do?

If someone else comes in they can do nothing until January either and lack of funds will put most off anyway. One crumb of comfort from Saturday is that (Bent apart) the commitment of these players to put a shift in for the manager cannot be in question.

Hopefully, with more games, the likes of Holman, Vlaar El Ahmadi and Benteke can begin to adjust to the demands of the league.

It might just be enough… we can only hope.

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Writer:LW AVFC
Date:Monday October 29 2012
Time: 2:20PM


Very harsh on Bent. He came on for 20 minutes when the ball was almost constantly in our own penalty area. Apart from that, a well thought-out piece which I agree with.
29/10/2012 14:38:00
I saw the title and thought "a good positive post"...! I may be a deluded optimist but I have faith in PL. I like the fact we're blooding young and keen players, not just glory boys here for a pay cheque. It's clearly going to be a 2-3 year project and whilst I'd hoped for more progress early this season, this largely relied on Bent / N'Zogbia / Ireland being stand out stars as the others bedded in. Having said that, I still think this season has a lot of legs and it was always going to be a tough task turning around the travesty of last season. Keep the faith, UTV!
29/10/2012 15:00:00
Bent seems to split opinion, I'm with you romanianvillan, I like the player!
The Fear
29/10/2012 15:06:00
I am behind the manager and I do think he will turn it around. I like Bent - he kept us up the season before last - but he looks a shadow of that player right now. He seems to be a player who needs to feel wanted and to be fair he probably doesn't right now. As a senior player I'd like to see him taking a lead and driving the young lads on. I think November/December will be pretty grim but still expect us to climb the table in 2013. Fingers crossed that the majority keep the faith because we are desperate for stability.
29/10/2012 15:12:00
It goes without saying that fans should be sticking with Paul Lambert...the vast majority wanted him in charge!!! The bottom line is that our squad is on par with those from 15th and down, and anyone who thinks otherwise needs a reality check. Our generation of youngsters coming through are not necessarily as good as most (myself included) originally thought. Albrighton, Clark, Bannan, Lichaj, the Fonz et al have 2 years of Premier League experience behind them now, we can't keep using the excuse that they are complete novices. Despite his excellent work ethic, Holman seems to be lacking when it comes to his skill on the ball, Gabby is a shell of his former self and Bent seems to be out of favour, which is no surprise when we have a team who has won 2 league games in 2012, and needs players who will graft and work to maintain a certain shape. Rant over, Guzan has proven that MON was right to bring him to England, he just needed someone to believe in him, Vlaar looks solid and Benteke is a handful, and every game so far has found himself in positions with a good opportunity to score. I still think we'll be fine, but more investment in Jan is needed I feel.
29/10/2012 15:22:00
I'm behind the manager but I'm really getting fed up of this Bent knocking. I remember the saying ,feed the yak & he will score, well Bent is the same . It's no good lumping it up to him, he's not a Carew or even a Benteke . Jesus are we mad to even consider selling him ,we need a creative player to supply him ,not sell him & buy a creative player to feed nobody
29/10/2012 15:49:00
AS Franco said it is ludicrous to even consider getting rid of PL even if the unthinkable happened Id stick with him... Its like anything if we can see it theres no doubt PL sees the problems we face I dont think he wants to get rid of Bent and I dont see him letting him go... I think PL looks at our team and thinks we are too weak to start Bent however we are getting to the point where he is going to have to bite the bullet and play Bent and Benteke together... B&B may not be as powerful as Cisse and Ba but they have that potential... All our problems lie in MF the backline is is not as strong as we would like but its better than the teams around us... Our MF is below par in both attack and defence and any attempt to make it better one way or the other makes it imbalanced... Losing Petrov has left a gapping hole in MF the time of Carruthers is among us Im not sure if he is injured or not but when he is fit we should give him a blast at RM... IMO Albie is useless to us when we are struggling...
29/10/2012 16:37:00
Effort is not enough to guarantee success, you need quality too. I would put in a shift on a saturday if asked. That doesn't mean I deserve to play premier league football. Holman has turned out exactly as I thought - covering loads of ground and doing little else. He played like this at AZ Alkmaar too. He played off the strikers of a team at the top of the league and, even when given space, still failed to offer much of a goal threat. Now he gets pressed by the opposition and goes to pieces Westwood - What was the point in buying him? Bennett - The less said the better. Middlesbrough didn't seem too sorry to see him go. Lambert spoke about his deadline buys being able to go straight in to the side, yet they all look out of their depth - Benteke aside.
heavy d
29/10/2012 16:43:00
Can I add that this isn't based on just the last game, this is based on all of the performances over the first 3 months of the season
heavy d
29/10/2012 16:44:00
Some South American/Spanish influence in the side would be nice. A little imagination and flair. There are penniless people playing the game on the wastelands of Rio and Rosario who know more about football tactics and technique than many of the millionaire 'accredited' and 'Pro License' coaches in Europe. There are unknown players in Spain and L. America who put our current squad to shame. Look at the impact Michu has had at Swansea!!!
29/10/2012 16:58:00
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