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USA Tour: Ireland on why confidence is "sky high" in Villa camp
Stephen Ireland on Paul Lambert.
24th Jul 2012
USA Tour: Ireland on why confidence is "sky high" in Villa camp


By Paul Brown in Portland

Stephen Ireland says confidence in camp is "sky high".

Ireland says Paul Lambert is the catalyst for this feel-good factor with the new boss desperate to help his players develop.

The marauding midfielder says, despite the short timeframe of Lambert's reign so far, that the boss has overseen a progression in performance, with players coming on "leaps and bounds".

He said: "It's a nice feeling at the moment. It's really encouraging to play football.

"The manager has pretty much been saying 'we have to score, keep the ball and get the ball through good running'.

"The confidence in all the players is sky high at the moment and it's nice to see because I think the club deserve better and the fans deserve better than what's been happening.

"I think it's going to be a really positive season for us at this club.

"It's brilliant. The gaffer is developing the players. I know he's only been here for a few weeks but you can already tell that the players are developing and learning. You can really see that.

"You can see the boys are willing to have the ball under pressure. There is no hiding place anymore really, you can't hide behind certain players or rely on certain players to win the ball anymore, we all have to do it for the team.

"I can already see players coming on leaps and bounds which is brilliant.

"I'm excited about it and I can't wait for the season to start to be honest."

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