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Lambert Looks To The Future

Paul Lambert has said that we'll see a much better Villa over the coming weeks and next season, as long as we can get through this rocky spell.

Easy to be sarcastic and point out the present is a bit more important than a potential future, but on this I do agree but only if these lads get a lift in belief. I just maintain he could've made this season far easier, whilst still having an eye on how some of these young lads will grow together in the future.

Speaking to the Official Site Lambert repeated that we would take the positives from Everton and move on, because he believes we are a real threat up front, even if we remain sloppy at the back:

'We will take a lot of heart. If we continue to play like that then hopefully we'll start to get results. We always looked dangerous on the counter attack, we always looked a threat. The three of them are playing well at the moment, Gaby, Andi and Christian. If we keep that going then we'll win more than not, that's for sure. If we can get out of this period, we'll kick on. Things will go our way if we play like that because hard work always pays dividends eventually.'

The key is getting out of this period though isn't it. How many months will it take, and will it happen quick enough for fans to believe the core of our team will be better placed come the next campaign and be in a position to try and compete and push up the table, rather than simply focusing on survival?

Having faith it will come good evaporated during the festive spell, and losing a 2 goal cushion regardless of Everton's form, does not help that faith return.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 4 2013

Time: 7:00AM

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I was thinking last night of writing an article looking at the positives. You just saved me the time. It takes severeal months for new players to settle in the PL. We signed no experienced PL players in the Summer. Now they have had half or more of a season and the signs are that some are getting there: Benteke, Lowton, Westwood being the best examples. Add to that the improved form of Zoggy and even Gabby and you have reason to hope. Andi is clearly getting better too so if Vlar can tighten up a bit, Baker make 10 appearances without injury, then who knows, maybe we can get out of this without putting the financial future of the club in peril. Clark is a disappointment at present and looks like he needs a rest. Over the next few weeks we play far fewer games so why not take advantage of the 'break', let the new, new boys settle in a bit and then push on. We 'only' need 19 points for safety - maybe 17 will do!
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04/02/2013 07:25:00

Well, I am going to boycott saying anything negative in your honour then gordonsleft boot ... apart from shame he/they didn't also think about the here and the now.
The Fear
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04/02/2013 09:28:00

It pains me to say this but the more I read from Lambert the more I am convinced that he has us down. I'm not saying that he wouldn't prefer to stay up, just that he has us down in his mind. He talks about not wanting to risk the future of the club by wild spending and then facing relegation. He talks about an exciting future for the club, about how much better his players can get. To me it's becoming very clear. His plan for the future of the Villa is to regroup and build a side in the Championship and come back stronger, along the lines of what he did at Norwich. He's done it before, he will have the opportunity to release the remainder of the high salaried players and give his new team a chance to play and more importantly win together. I also believe Mr Lerner is fully party to this. Looking at the recently closed transfer window this is backed up. After a quarter of a billion pounds spent on the club our American owner has of course earnt the right to do what he likes - but allowing the relegation of a side never before outside of the Premier League seems too much to stomach. I still rate Lambert, but can't agree with his approach anymore, a needless relegation is coming, and I'm becoming quite angry about it to be honest. UTV
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04/02/2013 10:04:00

I've done the Premiership Predictor thing on BBC. I was quite harsh, including a last day defeat at Wigan. We finish 18th. Down on goal difference from Southampton. By minus 8 goal difference. Ouch.
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04/02/2013 10:21:00

Alas my boycott has truly ended and I'm back and possibly more sharply tongued than ever, beware....but today I am happily optimistic. I said months ago that this season will have the lowest points total of all relegated and all nearly relegated - 32/33 points. I think we will go the the last day to stay up. If we're lucky we'll have one game to spare but my god does Sylla and co need to mark on set pieces and also, someone, anyone, has to be on the 18 yard line for set piece attacks for the loose ball - we never do it!
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04/02/2013 10:59:00

I love this Gordonsleftboot. If they can steadily improve as they have been (as you say) there is a possibility that we could get out of this mess we find ourselves in. Lets try and be positive.... to at least after the West Ham game, then revue the situation.
Pride of Lions
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04/02/2013 11:21:00

The basics at set pieces are not there (and haven't been for a couple of years). The sad fact is that when the opposition wins a corner it's more likely than not that they will score. And that includes fourth division sides. That will get you relegated!
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04/02/2013 11:23:00

Fear is right the here and now should have been addressed this January but time to look at what we have got and tbh there was signs of fight Everton away is a difficult lace to , we play need the defence sorting out and we can nick the points for some reason away from home like under MoN we are a threat on the counter, but at home when the onus ison us to dominate the game we are found left wanting just like under MoN
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04/02/2013 12:57:00

There may be something to that. But we have left ourselves far too much to do now. This side is not capable of the type of run of results we need. Simple as that.
Bikini Inspector
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04/02/2013 13:04:00

Not sure if the Board at Villa have noticed the financial jackpot which they have passed up by not allowing Lambert to sign 2-3 experianced prem.league players on loan for 6 months. What is a league cup final appearance worth in marketing and advertizing never mind if we actually won it against a side whom we have taken 4 pts out of 6 this season ? Add to that if Millwall had been beaten the next tie would have been Luton in the f.a.cup how far might we progressed in that competition with a 3 players being signed in early January ?. no guarantees of course but I suspect that if the Board bother to do the numbers they will find they have tossed away a golden chance to make a lot of money just to preserve a stubborn wage policy its called cutting off your nose to spite your face and could be further compounded if we are relegated though I have not given up hope of avoiding the drop it is a very real danger.
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04/02/2013 13:52:00

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04/02/2013 14:33:00

Simple for me, just ***** off Lerner I've had enough of you, the longer you leave it the worse it will be, I wouldn't give a toss if this man turned it around and we won the league, his silence and has I speak his ruining of our club as been nothing short of incompetent, if this guy was the CEO of one of the big department stores (John Lewis) he'd all ready be out, he would not be allowed to ruin their name, so why does he continue to ruin the Aston Villa name, 3 seasons ago on this very site I said Lerner was turning us from Waitrose into lidl, a lot of you told me I was talking *********, well 3 years on seems I wasn't, it's now simple, he has to get someone into the club who understands English Football, or we will do, a Nottingham Forest.
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04/02/2013 16:15:00

Based on "be careful what you wish for" - look what happened when some of us sang PL C&B army at the final game of last season (its your fault :). Suggest new chants of Lambert Out and Lerner Do One - interspersed with Stayingup stayingup stayingup - whilst ingesting powerful Amazonian fungi. Lerner regime can be summed up like this - build it and they will come, dismantle it and they will go.
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