Focused Lambert stresses: Now is not the time to panic
Paul Lambert insists now is definitely not the time to panic, with a "long, long way" still to go.
Villa dropped into the bottom three following their home defeat to Southampton.
But Lambert is still extremely confident that Villa will climb the table and get away from the danger zone in the coming weeks ahead.
The boss says there will be plenty of "twists and turns" from now until the end of the season.
He said: "You can't panic. You keep going.
"There's a long, long way to go. There will be loads of twists and turns in this whole thing."
Asked why he believes Villa will push up, he continued: "I just do. I said that from day one. I just do.
"If you look at the middle of that table, there is not much in it. There are about eight or nine teams.
"The lads are extremely disappointed because we didn't deserve that.
"But like I said, you will win games when you don't deserve to and lose when you don't deserve to."
Asked whether he was worried about losing to teams in and around Villa like Wigan and Southampton, with "so-called" tougher fixtures on the horizon, he added: "I think every game is tough.
"It doesn't matter if it's Southampton, Wigan, Liverpool or Manchester United.
"I think every game is hard. I never take any game lightly. I think every game in this division is tough."
Lambert is eager to turn things around on behalf of the fantastic fans who come and cheer the team week-in and week-out.
He added: "The crowd were excellent. Oh my god. I don't know what to say to them because they have been brilliant with me and the team.
"The noise levels here at Villa Park are incredible. You just want to give them something back because they certainly need it."
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