Villa v Newcastle: Lambert - We have to go to war now
Paul Lambert says his players must "go to war" in their remaining 15 top-flight clashes, starting with Newcastle.
Lambert is more than aware of the importance of the remaining games this season and wants his players to show the necessary spirit of sacrifice in every one of them.
Lambert describes player recruitment as "still difficult" but insists he will happily battle with his remaining squad if so.
The 43-year-old believes Villa need six wins to secure safety and he's hoping the first can come on Tuesday.
He said: "If that's the case, you go to war with the ones you've got. That's what I will do.
"Every game is a cup final, a fight, and you are going to have to knuckle down and fight.
"You have to fight for everything. Every game is going to have to be a cup final. Every game.
"We are going to have to go for it. We have to win and there are a few teams in the same situation.
We have to hold our nerve and fight for everything."
That battling quality is never more important than at set-pieces, according to Lambert.
He has urged his players to "get cut" if need be when the going gets tough.
He continued: "It's set in stone what we do before we go out. Everyone knows their job.
"I can't complicate anything that's not there. I can't tell you something different from previous weeks - it's you against me in the penalty area.
"You have to be willing to do it. If players let you down, that's my job to make sure it doesn't happen.
"It comes from the individual. You have to be prepared to get hurt a bit in the penalty area. That's normal.
"If you go way back in years gone by, people go and put their head on the ball. You have to be prepared to be hurt or cut. That's not rocket-science.
"When the ball goes into the box, you have to rely on individuals picking up that they are prepared to get hurt.
"When you're told to man-mark someone and if you're not prepared to get your head cut open or your eye cut open, maybe you shouldn't be in there in the first place. If you're in there, I expect you to go and compete with people."
First up, of course, is Newcastle, who have added Moussa Sissoko, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Yoan Gouffran to their ranks.
Lambert accepts that the influx of new players will give them a lift - but hopefully not on the pitch.
He added: "Alan has brought a few in from France. You've just got to hope that will hurt them a bit in that no-one knows who at the moment.
"Alan probably wants a bit better form from them as well but we know if we win, we go above them.
"Maybe the influx of new players might give them a lift but they've still got to gel together. That might be difficult at the beginning."
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