Lambert: The fervour of our fans continues to be extraordinary
Paul Lambert insists the extraordinary fervour of the claret and blue fans - home and away - has really stood out for him this season.
Lambert has been amazed by the noise levels and super support of the fans, even in the most testing of times during the festive period.
The boss believes that brilliant backing from the stands has helped his team impress during the second half of the campaign.
He thinks they have a major role to play in the final run-in, too.
He said: "That we have remained so vibrant and assertive into the second half of the season - and now into the latter stages - is in no small measure down to the fans.
"You can always judge a game and a performance by the reactions and involvement of the crowd and the synergy between fans and the team has become a defining feature of this season.
"There's a bond there which has only grown closer and intimate over the course of a campaign in which there is still important business to do and achieve before we can look too far forward into the future.
"There is a long way to go for all of us and the focus has to remain on the next game.
"We want to keep building on the foundations we've now laid down. Everything is in our own hands and we've enhanced our position over recent weeks. The fans have been fantastic, right behind us the whole way.
"The support against Fulham was extraordinary. They have been right behind us from day one.
"There have had some down times over the Christmas period but they kept with it, which was fantastic for us.
"But the atmosphere in the stadium against Fulham was fantastic. I can't credit the away fans enough too for the way they come and back us."
Lambert is in positive mood ahead of the final run-in, with Villa facing Man Utd [a], Sunderland [h], Norwich [a], Chelsea [h] and Wigan [a].
He added: "We're playing well and the mindset and mood at the club is really positive.
"The point against Fulham keeps the momentum there. It keeps us going.
"We are playing pretty well at the minute. You can sense it in the stadium, everyone is behind us.
"I thought a point was the least we deserved. We were very good, we had a lot of the ball, we had dominance of the ball, we looked a threat the whole game.
"The equaliser was a bad bit of luck. The performance was excellent. We had chances to win the game.
"We had a threat, no two ways about it. We are definitely a threat going-forward.
"We have good games - tough games - to come.
"What we have done is when people thought we were away months ago, we have made an absolute fight of it.
"If we keep doing what we're doing, hopefully we will keep climbing the table."
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