Lambert: I have never once doubted my young lions
Paul Lambert insists he's never wavered in his firm belief about his young lions being able to excel in the Barclays Premier League.
Villa started the season brightly, hit a tough stretch during the festive period before coming into their own over the past few vital months.
Despite the difficult spells, Lambert insists he always retained confidence that his direction was the right path for the club to take.
Asked if he ever had any doubt, he roared: "No. Not once.
"I don't know who I am meant to listen to - you lads?
"I will do my own thing. That's not being stubborn. I have to have a belief that what we are doing is right. That's Ian, Gary and I.
"The lads have been massive for us. We have stuck to the beliefs we have.
"I don't think there is a right way and a wrong way to play football or set your teams up. It's just what you believe in. We have never wavered.
"You have the belief to keep going. You never waver from it.
"I think you can get caught up in things. I think if you don't give someone the opportunity, how do you know? You don't, so you give them an opportunity and they can step up to the plate. They take it themselves. They are the ones who actually play the game.
"All we do is try to give them that bit of confidence that they can go and play at this level. You are seeing a young team getting better and better with every game.
"The lads are hitting top form. That's the pleasing thing. They are growing with it. They are definitely performing, that's for sure. Our form at the moment is very good."
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