UK time is: 08:55:24
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Lambert - Mistakes Cost Us Again

Paul Lambert has refused to blame Ciaran Clark for Man City's goal, but admitted it was another mistake that had cost us.

Would've been nice had he pointed out slip or not, Clark still had his legs pulled from him but when do you expect Mike Dean to give those against the top four eh. Or the penalty for us for example.

However, on balance, they were worthy winners in reality, we didn't trouble them enough.

Speaking to the Official Site following the 1-0 loss, our gaffer said:

'I thought we were well in the game, the goal is a mistake. I wouldn't have minded if someone had put one in the top corner with a bit of skill, but it's a mistake by us. It's easy to be critical of Ciaran, the lad has been excellent all season, he will learn from it, he won't make the same mistake again. I just think he has tried something he maybe shouldn't have, feeling confident. I had a chat with him at half time.'

Which is fair enough really, during the first half especially we had no issues blindly booting the ball into no man's land and not looking for the pass that would relieve pressure, and Clark should've done exactly that then, but it's one of those things and he's learning.

Problem is he'll be hammered for it far more than other defenders who do the same thing regularly and it doesn't work out, yet they find themselves in the England team as the best the country can offer - but hey ho.

Lambert does rightly then point out though that he didn't let it affect him in the second half, and in reality I thought we looked a lot tighter in the second half than we did to begin with, but of course the damage had been done by then and we just weren't causing them enough problems up front to make up for it.

As for the aforementioned decision that can never be given against a top four side, Lambert said of the penalty shout.

'We might have had a penalty. I thought it was handball, but that's football. You pick yourself up and go again.'

Bottom line is if we keep performing like that we will pick up the points we need to survive. Yes the performances aren't fantastic and there is room for improvement, but they are starting to come together again now and we do look better but we lack the end product, especially against sides like City but take that into Reading and QPR and that could really be six points back on the table for us which would make a world of difference.

We just have to change 'better' performances into points before it's too late for them to count.

Lambert also hopes to have Ron Vlaar back for Saturday's game.

Vital Villa on: facebook

Vital Villa on: twitter

Join Vital Villa

It's easy to REGISTER, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 5 2013

Time: 12:11AM

Your Comments

It must be disappointing to think we may of scraped a point but for one mistake. But hey,thats football. We'll pick ourselves up and go again. We'll be alright - as someone has said a few times this season.....
Pride of Lions
I think we're only a couple of experienced players away from having a really decent team. Lerner will regret not funding the purchase of a couple of good quality players in January. Lescott and Sissoko (for example) would have ensured that we stay in the Premier League and that Villa would reap the financial benefits of the new TV deal next season. Now it's going be very tight.
itplowe
"Bottom line is if we keep performing like that we will pick up the points we need to survive." Really? Haven't we been saying that for about 6 games now, and what do we have to show for it? I will say it right now - if we don't get 6 points against Reading and QPR we are DOWN.
YatesyVillan
Hmmn! It's alright saying "mistakes cost us" etc but the fact is this... Inexperienced players make more mistakes than experienced ones. They take their eye off the ball more, they show naivety now & then & they need a vein of experienced players to give them rollicking when this happens so as they learn from it. This is not happening at AVFC & i cannot see it changing anytime soon either. It takes time to gain this kind of experience & even longer if the leaders are not present to point things out when they happen. This is surely how we learn? Lack of teachers / leaders = slow progress
danceoftheshamen
my main bugbear about last night is that when the guys pass the ball, they turn their back - almost like thats it my job is done. Gabby is the worst offender for this... This invites pressure as the guys have to pick out a fantastic pass to the next person and so on. Eventually we either lose it or hoof it back. Everyone goes on about the defence being **** but the whole team has to defend, half the time its just the centre backs being around to do the job whilst the midfield is nowhere to be seen.
maigrait
"Bottom line is if we keep performing like that we will pick up the points we need to survive." We won't. We didn't get any points again. If we keep doing that we are gone.
bikini inspector
We are still in a worse position than this time last season. I shall be proved right - Alex should not have been sacked. But what do I know? Quite a lot it would appear. And I am only a ticket buying fan!! Bring back AM, never mind all the "supporters" who wanted him out - idiots
miksten
Hiring arrogant Lambert has been the biggest mistake.
Zarch
What is a bit sad - ref the lacking experience AND creativity argument, which is as obvious as ***** - is that last night we played pretty much to the best of our current capabilities, which meant that we ended up neutralising ourselves...so we largely prevented them really playing to their normal shape and game, but in doing that, all we could do was aim lobs at Big Chris and fail to trouble Hart all night. The introduction of Dawkins illustrated all of this in microcosm - came in for five useless-to-anyone minutes, couldnt keep the ball, then when he did couldnt do anything with it. Clearly not up to snuff for this league. And once again, Nzomnia slipped on Bilbo's ring and assumed the mantle of invisibility quite early on.
malacaxeta
why so confident Clark will learn from his mstake? he's been making the same mistakes over and over again all season and doesn't seem to have learned anything.
AVbornandbred
Clark is no centre half, end of. Could be a decent squad player in midfield...MAYBE. What became very obvious last night (and probably somewhat also in recent games with this back 4) is that Baker keeps having to compensate for Bennett's weakness by drifting out to cover him. Clark does not back him up positionally very well. Delph provides cover further out as he should but it constantly pulls us out of shape, because we have no competent central midfielder in this wacky Midfield Of Two formation. Clark is having to do the same wrt Lowton more and more as teams have consistently gone at our flanks all season. Time and time again last night we left big holes in the middle of defence with their players coming in unmarked and luckily from a GD pov we were not punished for it. I constantly look for ways in which we can dig out of this hole at least with what we ve got, and I dont think "we" are getting the best out of the limited resources we have.
malacaxeta
agree yatesyVillan, can't keep saying it, they have to actually do it.
The Fear
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Vital Villa Man Of Match v Southampton (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Sylla - Not As Dramatic As He Sounds (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Robinson Looking For More (Monday April 21 2014)

Dear Randy...A Fans Retort (Sunday April 20 2014)

Club Statement From Randy Lerner (Sunday April 20 2014)

Vlaar - We Still Need A Win (Saturday April 19 2014)

Lambert Hails Huge Southampton Point (Saturday April 19 2014)

U21 Manchester City Clash Set (Saturday April 19 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Pride of Lions 1087
2. The Fear 1004
3. ClivetheVillan 562
4. Villan57 293
5. Villan Of The North 269
6. Barney2004 262
7. sirdennis 226
8. BlackCountry Villa 225
9. kefkat 218
10. tarzan 201

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. West Ham 35 10 7 18 -10 37
13. Swansea 35 9 9 17 -4 36
14. Hull City 34 10 6 18 -9 36
15. Aston Villa 34 9 8 17 -14 35
16. WBA 34 6 15 13 -13 33
17. Norwich 35 8 8 19 -28 32
18. Cardiff 35 7 9 19 -34 30

Breaking League News

Where are we?
Spurs : 24/04/2014 08:40:00
Yobo Targets Chelsea Return
Norwich : 24/04/2014 07:57:00
Januzaj Plumps for Belgium
Man Utd : 24/04/2014 07:42:00
Who's afraid of an Anglo Calciopoli?
Chelsea : 24/04/2014 07:32:00
They Can`t Do a Thing About It!
Chelsea : 24/04/2014 07:31:00
Bundesliga Bound?
Chelsea : 24/04/2014 07:30:00
Will Swansea City Take Risk And Appoint Monk?
Swansea : 23/04/2014 21:48:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Villa v Swansea (away) will:
Suggested By:  Mystic Mug
Win - safety at last 24%
Lose - we go again 50%
Draw 26%