Positive Lambert: We're looking up the table...not down
Paul Lambert insists he's looking for his team to climb the table in the next three games - rather than looking down anxiously at the fight for survival.
Lambert, always a confident character at Bodymoor Heath, believes the players should strive positively to win their trio of remaining games and see where that takes them.
He said: "You always look at what's above you rather than what's below you.
"You have to chase. We try to concentrate on the ones above us.
"We are playing well, that's the big thing. We have been going into games on form, which has made it easier.
"We know we have a hard game at Norwich but we certainly know we are playing well enough. That's the big thing."
Despite striving to climb, Lambert believes one more win could well be enough for Villa to survive.
Asked if three more points might do it, he continued: "Yes it possibly could. It all depends really. You don't know what's going to happen in other fixtures.
"But certainly it would help you.
"I said the other day, it's well within our own hands.
"We have jumped above Newcastle. We are on the same points as Sunderland. We are one behind Norwich and two behind Southampton."
Lambert is enjoying watching his team play stunning football at present, particularly at this vital point in the season with the pressure very much on.
But he stressed that Monday's fab win over Sunderland wouldn't linger in his mind or that of his players as they get set for their Carrow Road battle.
He added: "Everyone knows me by now. I don't get too high when we win or too low when we lose.
"The players will be the same. We move on. When that whistle blows you enjoy the euphoria for a few hours until you wake up and then, as far as I am concerned, it's gone.
"It actually goes as soon as it's finished. I don't dwell on it. We have another three games to go. We go and try to win the next one.
"There are still lots to do. You take the plaudits when they are there. But I am never one for looking back on anything."
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