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A Huge Point But Should've Been Three

A Huge Point But Should've Been Three

Paul Lambert was pleased to see us draw a line under our recent back to back defeats in the leagues, although he is a tad disappointed we couldn't hold on for all three points after getting ourselves in front.

Speaking to the Official Site after our 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium today Lambert explained:

'It was a really disappointing finish but the effort, especially in the second half, was excellent. We were right on the ropes in the first 20 minutes or so, Swansea had some really good chances but we hung in which was great. We equalised at the end of the first half, it was a terrific finish from Andi and in the second half I thought we looked really threatening. But we should have seen it through. With 30 seconds to go you really expect to see it through. However, it's a good point for us. They have taken a lot of knocks and kickings but they deserve credit for what they have done today.'

The main worry following the Wigan game was it seemed the heart and belief had been battered from the side, today was a line that needed drawing and hopefully it'll go a long way to restoring that belief and spirit in the camp that saw us enter our unbeaten run.

Then sensible additions in January with a touch of experience to help guide the lads should be enough to see us through.

But we have to keep this going in the coming games, really get that confidence back with some more comprehensive performances and wins. If the belief returns, we know these lads - whilst not being the finished product, whilst not all of them will develop as we hope they will do - can compete in this league and take the points to keep us out of the bottom three so we can really develop the team next summer.

Yes three points would've been more welcomed and given that little extra breathing space, but the most important thing was not to lose again and bring an end to that run. We've done that today, we now need to push on again, get back on track but most importantly continue to develop so we can push on as best we can this season.

An update on the extent of Ashley Westwood's ankle injury should be known by tomorrow. Be a blow if he is set for a period of time on the sidelines, as he has been one of the lads who has really shown improvement over the first half of the season.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday January 1 2013
Time: 7:35PM


its a start guys and it showed fight and that is badly needed. see i will be routing for you guys to say up. well done build on this
01/01/2013 19:51:00
You will be feeling like we did against Stoke. Pity you couldn't hang on to the win but if both of our yound sides can stay up we will both be better for it next season. Still think it was a good point and both will survive.
SFC Forever
01/01/2013 20:02:00
I duno bud its really between Us (Villa), Southampton and Wigan... Maybe Sunderland/Newcastle/Fulham can be dragged back into the battle but I dont see it... As you know Wigan have the habit of escaping and that could be at the expense of ourselves or yours... I dont think we will go down but then Im obviously going to say that... The last 8 fixtures will be the key IMO the only thing we have over others in the bottom is we will more than likely be able to spend what we like on what we need provided they want to join a fight...
01/01/2013 20:21:00
There was more purposeful battling in the scond half and you could see how that helped lift confidence. Benteke and Weimann were constant outlets and will be so much more effective once we find a midfield that can support them.
01/01/2013 20:30:00
Yep Jim its all about MF for me too... We pretty much need a bit of everything there Strength/Pace/Power/Creativity/Tackling/Battling... In Westwood we have a player capable of keeping the ball and has a decent passing range but he needs others around him to bring the rest...
01/01/2013 20:44:00
Experience mikey? What a novel idea. This season is like a monty python sketch, only less funny!
The Fear
01/01/2013 21:35:00
Half our team has great potential and a good future ahead of them in premiership football, the other half will make solid league one and maybe championship players but are clearly not good enough for Villa. 4 signings now please, this is the mighty Villa and we deserve better than this.
01/01/2013 22:01:00
I have moments like that JF lol
01/01/2013 22:27:00
might be like i'm looking a fool, but after todays performance, i don't think we deserved to win, football is a game of 90 mins no 10 or so.. disappointed not to get all 3 points when we were 2-1 up, but overall we deserved to get hammered.
01/01/2013 23:55:00
Decent point but should of been three. With the EA Cup coming up this weekend,wenow have a gap between now and our next PL match. Would be nice to have one new face at least by then .....
Pride of Lions
02/01/2013 00:54:00
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