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Lambert Bitterly Disappointed With Loss

Manager Paul Lambert has said that he was bitterly disappointed to see Villa go out of the FA Cup at the third round stage today to League One Sheffield United.

Speaking to the Official Site following the two one loss on home soil that we at least dominated possession on for a change to be fair, Lambert said.

'It was bitterly disappointing after a really good win on Wednesday. To get knocked out was really frustrating, it hurts. Anyone who knows me will tell you I'm not the happiest person when we lose. We picked a really strong side to try and get through.'

Well that's nice to know then, he's not happy when we lose. He must have been a right old grumpy bastard since joining the club.

A lot of the fans have been, and that number is growing with every passing match this season, but of course we can ignore the club, the players, the failures in the transfer market and even the football, this after match interview is all 'me, me, me.'

Not only do we learn that our manager isn't happy when we lose, he then goes on to talk at length about the press being dominated by his own words ahead of the game where he said that most managers would admit the FA Cup is something they can do without if they were being honest, because all that matters is the league.

Now I covered this myself, but being in a rush I made the mistake of not doing what I often advise others to do...don't just read one report on something, read three or four so you get the full rounded picture.

The quotes I picked out were sensible enough about the Cup, in terms of making changes to rest players ahead of the Arsenal game etc but didn't of course include the all important gems that he actually came out with. And on that subject, whether or not it was his intention to 'disrespect' the Cup when talking about players caring more about contracts than winning things, and the focus having to remain always on the league - as to be fair he did also maintain we would be trying to win the game - he said.

'I never demeaned the competition one bit. I respect the history of the competition and what the competition is about. If you look at my own career, I have won some nice things through cup competitions. The journalist himself says he regrets asking the question because of what has happened with people's reactions. I think the whole context of the interview, there was never any way I was decrying the competition at all.'

And the journalist in question Mark Regan does regret it, he says so on his Twitter feed and actually explains exactly why he regrets asking it because he doesn't like having his work 'butchered' nor 'receiving 3 ludicrous calls from the #avfc press officer.'

But apparently it's all about context isn't it?

We'll leave that there I think and go back to the match.

'In terms of the game itself, we had a lot of the ball and that seems to be a problem here.'

Nope, at home I think it's been a while since we last had a lot of the ball.

'Maybe at home teams are sitting in against us and making it hard. We need that creativity. It's just not there at the moment, but away from home, it seems to be different.'

Well teams defending deep at Villa Park knowing they just have to wait out our Plan A of counter attacking until we make no progress at all and then inevitably make a mistake at the back, has been pretty evident since last season.

Fans have been talking for months about the dire need for a Plan B at home and we weren't on about another music gig, because it's blindingly obvious how teams line up against us, whereas on their home soil they have to push forward more for the fans whereas away from home, they can bide their time out.

Lambert also goes on to credit the 'effort and endeavour' of the players again and frankly it's getting boring. Maybe it was a good solid, full of effort performance today and things didn't go for us. Reading the comments of those at the game though I somehow doubt that, and that has all too often this season been the case.

We can't live on last season's memory of the gung ho nature of the squad because that just has not happened so far this season, yet if you read the standard cliche's now trotted out after every match it makes us sound like we are unlucky, and maybe we are, we are unluckily just not good enough and very little has changed despite the passing of numerous transfer windows.

Anyway, Nathan Baker felt his hamstring ahead of the game so was withdrawn from the squad, and Gabby Agbonlahor also had the same problem.

Ah I can't resist.

'That team I picked was, in my view, strong enough to win.'

Well it did contain EIGHT regular and relied upon first team members, for all the talk of changes and resting players for Arsenal so they didn't pick up injuries we had EIGHT members of the first team in there.

You could say nine because it's not like Aleksander Tonev hasn't been seen regularly lately. Then again you could say ten because Marc Albrighton isn't exactly a stranger either.

That would leave Jed Steer in goal as the only real change, so it's nice to know the gaffer believed that 10 regulars in the first team might just have enough about them to beat a League One team.

It's comforting isn't it.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 4 2014

Time: 8:41PM

Your Comments

Disappointed? How can we believe you after your comments before the match? We are a big club, we SHOULD play to win in every competition. Ever heard of dreaming or reaching for the stars? If we all gave up like you PL we'd still be living in the dark ages. You need to believe and strive for success. You're the leader and what you say effects everyone from players to fans. The players would have crossed that white line thinking oh well the boss doesn't care about success in this cup so doesn't matter if we lose. We should be crossing the line fired up to put on a performance and show the crowd what we can do. He's lost the dressing room I think.
AdzVilla11
Fibbing about the press. Tut tut. As you say mike, he said he regretted it because it led to three ludicrous calls from our press guy. Pathetic strong arm tactics, they don't understand that is WHY we don't get good press, that includes sites like this being 'told off' like little children!!
The Fear
How can he be so down about it when he thought the game and the competition was a distraction? As for people trying to influence fan sites, that is a pathetic way to run a club.
bikini inspector
Not half as disappointed as us fans Paul, this is worse then bad that words fail me!
Stop whinging10
Honestly, if football is really all about just having to survive in one of the most overated league in the world then stuff it, I will sod off & put my time & effort into watching & supporting non league football. My club had built its foundations, its history & finest memories in the cups. I remember some great days & nights but don't really recall celebrating ***** performances week in week out with a *****e team finishing just above relegation ever, apart from about an hour after out of desperation. You wanna play kids then play our own from our own academy & at least I watch some performces with some guts and from people who clearly give a toss & have probably been coached to a decent standard.
marcobavfc
He wants a big fine for what he said, he's a disgrace to football, but he'll get away with it because your premier league.
ecco owl
In PL's words we can no longer expect to compete for a place in the top 4, and cup competitions are a distraction we could do without? so if it wasn't for the annual relegation battle then we could call it a day by xmas and cancel the 2nd half of the season! Why do we stand for Lerner when we moaned so much about Deadly? he was a useless chairman but at least he watched the garbage he paid for?
griffgriff
Lambert and Lerner are a total disgrace. They are ruining this famous old club of ours and there seems nothing can be done by the people who really care (us, the fans) to stop it. I despair, I really, really do.
Pride of Lions
Living in New Zealand is the only escape I have of the dire drivel we are serving as football at Villa these days. In the six years I have been away we have steadily declined to what we are today, a championship side at best. I agree that Lambert should be fined for his comments as that disrespects every single paying fan on the day and the proud distant history of the club. Change is what's needed and all the way to the top. A sorry period still yet to come from the fall out of this one result I feel. If PL has the balls to turn this around then it starts with a fighting performance at home to a very good Arsenal team who could quite easily stick 7-8 goals past us if we are not careful!
holte ender 1969
marcobavfc spot on matey !
villan57
There's just no way he can have gone into that dressing room today and given any confidence in the players when yesterday his comments on the game was that he didn't care if we lost. Players just did not want to play for him today. Only Albrighton seemed to put anything into it ... Maybe hoping he can go back to Wigan!
mefromhere
Lerner has a responsibility to AV which he is either too cowardly or lacking in know how. Stay away Randy it makes no difference whether your here or there wherever that is. We did alright before you and we will be alright After you have gone(sooner the better)
HonestDave
Could there be some upside from this train wreck? It 'May' just force Lerner, Faulkner and Lambert to radically change the course of their long term plan and rapidly address the current squad problems. I was getting worried after the Sunderland game that Lambert was once again talking down the need for new recruits. Well now Lerner has to make a big decision now which will define his reign. A) throw big money around to force change B) cut his losses and plan his own exit plan C) remove Lambert and see if someone can carry out the plans or or D) do nothing at all. At the end of the day it is his call and us fans are desperate for him personally to state his intentions not the use mumbling mix messages from Lambert's press conference. LERNER the ball is in your court!!!!?
marlin magic
we shouldnt be surprised by this result, I was in England over Xmas and had the displeasure of watching the Swansea game, absolute garbage, I really hope he leaves us asap
tokyovillan
I like the sound of B marlin but doing C as well wouldn't hurt
AdzVilla11
Lerner OUT!
Green Villan
Having been there to watch the humiliation against Mr Cloughs warriors I truly deeply fear for another humiliation against the Gunners,Lambert is clearly totally woefull tactically,from the top to the bottom we are simply a train wreck waiting to happen,up until yesterday I was quite willing to give PL and RL till the end of the season and a fruitful January transfer window (hopefully) to turn things around but truly deeply believe they should both GO ASAP,we need literally 6/7 players in various positions
Bruno Villa
Although I've just commented,does any of us truly think that Lerner,Faulkner and Lambert really give a monkeys about our precious club,because I certainly don't
Bruno Villa
I think Lambert cares but just is not good enough. Lerner doesn't even know where our ground is anymore so it's clear he doesn't give a flying @#$#
AdzVilla11
seems to be a problem that we had lots of the ball? Only reason we had lots of the ball was it was v an old 3rd div team (L1). Pathetic mumblings from a manager out of his depth. A rrgghhhhh
The Fear
So Lambert has got rid of a lot of overpaid under achievers and I agree a clearout was needed. Now we have to get rid of a load of lower pay under achievers cant wait to see the next installment it will either be raid the classrooms or bring in the pensioners.
Merlin128777
 

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