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Lambert - Sink Or Swim & I'm Not Drowning

Paul Lambert has said he remains confident about the future of the club and what he's trying to achieve, as he continues to look at the bigger picture.

Speaking to the Official Site Lambert said he believed the fans were still looking at the big picture like him, and whilst he can understand the tension created by the last two results, he looks at more like three points gained from fixtures against Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs.

Yes there's a certain sense in that and prior to the games most would've been happy with a point in each to be fair, but again it's not so much the losses that have got people's back up, it was the scorelines and the lack of a performance that has really worried people.

'I can understand the frustrations, but I can see the bigger picture. I know what we want to achieve. I know we're not a million miles away from midtable if you hit a little run. You have to put those barriers up, you take criticism on the chin, it makes you stronger. There's no hiding from it. There are two ways of looking at it. You pick yourself up or you sink. We're certainly not going to go sinking. We're not sitting bottom, we're not in the bottom three and we're only a few points from midtable! We want to make a success of this place. A more experienced team than we have right now has flirted with relegation the last few years, so it just shows you, you have to earn the right.'

Yup a more experienced team last season were at this stage 5 points clear of our current tally, and given the changes in the squad that isn't actually too bad when you consider this team should continue to improve as they gel and really click, but we don't have to hit the extremes of an experienced but unmotivated squad, and then lurch to an inexperienced but very hungry squad.

Get the balance right, to help the lads when they are off form or it's one of those days and they will develop far better in the short term.

Nobody really knows what deals didn't come off in the summer, and they could well have been deals that saw that additional touch of experience come in. If they were Lambert knows exactly where to go in January, pull them off and give us the best shot possible at a more comfortable end to the season.

Nothing wrong with continuing to bring kids in that he thinks will grow with us, just get that experience as well.

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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 28 2012

Time: 5:53PM

Your Comments

So who is swimming, or is it diving or... I don't follow MF! Lol
The Fear
As the somewhat superb Neil Young once wrote, and often sings, 'Keep On Rocking In The Free World' Paul (Neil didn't address 'Paul' of course). It was never going to be a five minute job, you inherited a mess, a team on its knees, heading nowhere fast. Yes, I've seen some poor stuff this season to date, some thoroughly worrying stuff in fact, and I've questioned some of your signings, tactics, actions etc., but I've witnessed promise too. Encouraging signs that suggest we are on the right track. Keep On Rocking Paul, I'm with you, more importantly so are many thousands of claret, blue, and lime types out there in the big, bad, beautiful world of ours.
glensider
Im with GS i also back Lambert, i think we have found a manager that given time will build this club back to where she belongs i really do believe that, but Randy has to back Lambert in January to get us a couple of quality signings to help these youngsters out, Lescott Barry/Milner would do nicely along with a striker and we would rock alright UTV!
CLIVETHEVILLAN
Absolutely! The kids can't do it on ther own. With too much on their shoulders, it could ruin their confidence. We certainly need to experienced players in to help them through this season.
Pride of Lions
And so it begins, pointing out the failings in others try to conceal your own failings. Mcleish was reveiled but he had more points on the board and we never got spanked so badly so using him as a benchmark is scraping the barrel, especially when all of the experienced squad described was still available to PL when he arrived and it was his choice to offload and or alienate very single one of them. If success is measured by reducing the age of the team and acheiving only marginally worse results than the most useless manager we've ever previously had then PL is doing great
AVbornandbred
I will say it again Mr Fear, Lambert showed me nothing at Norwich in terms. Of tactics and I have to say I still believe he is not good enough, it's devastating watching the rubbish that's served up, he can't set up the team , clueless is not a word I use lightly ,,
andy3221
Watching final score & feeling ill at the moment! This season it really does look like we've had it. It's 0-3 at the moment & I'm damn glad I didn't make it today :/
thorpyuk
Really can see a bright future with PL incharge even though at the moment it does seem like nothing is going right. I can see a good bit of promise from some of our young players but a stong experienced ball winner is needed in midfield, we also lack numbers at the back, one or two center backs is a must looking at how injury prone our current players are. Remember sometimes it takes one step back to take two steps forward. UTV!!
Tallaght Villan
Dead man walking
fulford
Relegation would mean any player worth keeping will be sold off, the loss of a minimum of 70 million in TV revenue under the new deal and every premier club that survives being even further ahead of Villa. All because the chairman and chief executive haven't got a clue and try to do everything on the cheap. He sold the browns for $1billion/640 million yet doesn't want to spend a penny? He may well try and salvage something by chucking a few quid at it in January but answer me this. Will any decent player want to join Villa under the current administration, especially after such very public humiliations in recent weeks? The only way we will be able to get the calibre of players we need to join us is by overpaying in both fees and wages. I may not have a business degree but doesn't that negate all of the earlier cost cutting that has been done at the club? Proud history Bright Future is just a crappy PR sound bite. Under this shower of b*stards its more likely to be a ****e future
heavy d
Agree heavy d. If Lerner was serious he'd get in some real football men to advise him. Faulkner isn't a football man. This is the worst time in EPL history for Villa to be relegated. If the side goes down it might be a long time before they come up again.
VillaWillRiseAgain
Too much meaningless passing around in midfield with no end product, final ball or ideas of where to go via composure. Almost every player is too small/weak/slow for this level. 1 half mistake and we've no chance of getting it back as they're just kids being bullied by the big boys!!!!
Villan444
Well Christmas 15 Villa 0. Good job!
Astriel
so sorry guys but you are gone. your team is a shambles and the confidence i destroyed. i really dont think you will win another game this season. i am genuinley very sorry
jljyid
Luckily he has already got his coat (cheap Italian rubbish that it is) so hes halfway there already. Either do it now or wait until Swansea game on Tues, and give someone else all of January to triage the situation. The grand experiment has not worked and to me it seems he has probably lost the dressing room as well.
malacaxeta
Jijyid you might be right. This is where we need quality signings in January. PL will earn his money & we need our injured players back!
thorpyuk
Graham Taylor may not have played the most attractive style of football, but he is football to the core and is well respected by everyone in the game - even Sir Chewalot in Salford. He described Paul Faulkner as the most naive man he has ever met. Would you entrust a multi million pound business to someone like him? They say money found is easily lost and this is being bourne out by Lerner. Everything he has was handed to him - he didn't have to earn it. He has never had to display any acumen of any kind to get what he has so just employs a bunch of lackey's who tell him he is great (Krulak, Faulkner et al) On the rare occasions he speaks he makes statements that he then contradicts completely with his actions. We are all fed up of the lip service now - It's time to swallow your pride and bring in people who know what they are doing and back them financial (Not with loans but from your own pocket. Maybe you could sell the silver spoon that was in your gob when you were born) or go away and never darken our door again. UTV!!!
heavy d
The first 2 people out the door should be Randy Learner and Paul Falkner. This club has been heading to the championship since O'Neill dumped us. There's no escaping the fact, this is not a premier league club, we have been on borrowed time for a while. Times up.
Lock
Stop being such a bunch of crybabies, we're in some really bad form with a hell of a lot of injuries to experienced players; but we're 3 points off Fulham in 14th and en route to Wembley. Get some perspective ffs.
SchoolBoyError
I want to hear what the excuse is for today. He can't blame injuries when most of them are to players he doesn't pick. Bent - doesn't play when fit, N'Zogbia - sub at best, Dunne - injured all season but would have been sidelined a-la Hutton/Warnock. Gabby - headless chicken who couldn't hit a cows arse with a banjo. The only injured player who would have featured was possibly Vlaar. If the players who got a game today are not good enough to beat Wigan, why the hell are they at Aston Villa? The manager has contributed to the lack of experience with his purchases. We spent around 6 million on fullbacks with no top level experience when others were available. We have a midfield that are scared of the ball, and defenders who can't defend. Pick a positive from the last 3 games. Please. Talking of wembley, can anyone envisage us getting there at the moment, let alone overcoming Chelsea/Swansea in a final???
heavy d
Villa rarely buy quality players, Villa usually sells them.
VillaWillRiseAgain
if its any consolation newcastles defence is worse than yours in my opinion. perhaps you can push past them however they have a better attack. i personally hope you stay up i have alot of time for your fans and your club. for the rest of the season you will be my second team as i think you guys will need all the help and support you can get.
jljyid
Ok I am just going to say it. We have tried "experience" at full back for the last few seasons. The experienced full backs we could have gotten would have been journeyman like Warnock and Hutton. Now I actually think Lowton has looked pretty good, not the finished product but could be a key player for us for a long time to come. Bennett has not played much so I dont think its fair to judge yet, Stevens also looked pretty good this season. Now would spending the money on more ageing money grabbers really have gotten us a better at left and right back? Our midfield is what worries me. I see lots of passing ability in Bannan and Westwood but I dont see anyone able to break up play or stay back for cover to let them get forward and in all just steady the ship when needed. This is what we really need. I do fear too many are losing faith and calling for Lamberts head. Dont forget it takes time, no one can take over the shambles we have been for the last few seasons and turn us into a top half team in a few months. Keep the faith. UTV!
Tallaght Villan
Didn't mean to be specific about the full backs, they were just the example that came to mind as they were bought from League 1 and The Championship respectively. Nothing I have seen from either player has suggested we got value for money though. Bennett is a sending off waiting to happen when ever he plays due to poor positioning and ill discipline, and Lowton, apart from a goal earlier in the season, has hardly been consistent. It is worth pointing out though that for the money spent (6million, hardly cost cutting is it when you think about it, except for wages) on 2 untried players who have been shown up numerous times, there were other options. Agree the midfield is more lightweight than Jenna Jameson's thong. The lack of decent width is also putting more pressure on the full backs in both defensive and offensive situations. Should we accept abject performances from players, possibly getting relegated, so these players can learn and develop? You can guarantee that if any of them do develop they will be off as soon as a better offer is received and we will still be in the Championship. Lambert recruited these players and if certain players lack of ability means other players he signed are getting exposed who should carry the can? BIG changes needed. This is a bigger watershed moment than Bolton last year under (F)'Eck!
heavy d
Shame he didn't look at the smaller picture of the here and now. I think (and said at the time) it total folley to bring in just kids from lower leagues. Yes, we need a new direction, but ffs, how is it not obvious you also need experience to help these kids? The young players are being battered along with their confidence, how is that looking at a bigger picture Mr Lambert?
The Fear
Agreed Fear. This blinkered, stubborn approach at the moment will almost guarantee that these players are battered and struggle to reach any potential they may have. You can see it on the pitch. We go a goal down and players look around for support. What do they see? Other inexperienced youngsters doing the same. As soon as we concede we capitulate and the opposition just fill their boots. Wigan won 3-0 yesterday and didn't have to do anything special to do so. I would argue they would have been lucky to get a point from anyone else yesterday with the same level of performance.
heavy d
P.S. Fear - I submitted a suggested article yesterday. any news?
heavy d
 

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