Villa v Ipswich: Lambert admiration for "prestigious" FA Cup
Paul Lambert is relishing leading Villa into the "prestigious" FA Cup competition, with a third round tie against Ipswich Town on Saturday.
Lambert is under no illusions as to the size of the task with the Championship outfit eager for a top-flight scalp.
But the Villa boss is hoping his team can let go of their league shackles and turn on the style in the third round encounter, which kicks-off at 3pm.
He said: "We are looking forward to the cup games now. There's not the same pressure in the cups as there is in the league.
"We have two massive cup matches and we will try and get through.
"It will be really hard. It always is. The FA Cup is a prestigious competition. It will be a tough game."
Lambert hopes Villa can build on the positives of the Swansea draw.
The gaffer insists he's trying to get results while, at the same time, rebuilding the football club.
He's happy with how it's started, despite the festive blip.
He added: "There are positives. I have a lot of faith in what I'm doing and I won't deviate from it. It's my belief that they will keep doing it.
"I can't fault them for their effort, even in getting beaten heavily in the three games. We have kept their spirits up.
"I work with them every day, I know what they're like and when they're feeling high or down. You try to pick them up. But against Swansea, especially in the second half, I thought they were really good.
"We have to build the football club as well as get results. That's the way it is.
"We are trying to do that in the best way we can. That's what we continue to do. It's for the future of the football club."
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