Lambert on top-flight survival: My lads got the job done
Paul Lambert has hit back at suggestions that Villa relied on others to guarantee their top-flight safety, insisting: "We got the job done."
Villa were mathematically assured yet another season in the Barclays Premier League when Arsenal defeated Wigan 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
But Lambert moved quickly to curb talk of Villa relying on favours, instead complimenting his own team on their "unbelievable form" since the turn of the year.
He said: "I think people are getting totally misled. It's rough on the Aston Villa lads. We have done what we have done.
"We weren't relying on Wigan getting beaten. We put ourselves in a position where the 40 point mark was reached.
"We weren't looking for anyone to do us any favours. People turn around and say 'Arsenal have done us a favour'. That's discrediting our lads for what they have done over the half-year.
"The lads deserve great credit for what they have done. They have put themselves in a position.
"The only ones to beat us were the top four plus Liverpool. That shows our form. It's been absolutely unbelievable.
"We might have got a result against Chelsea without the decisions. Against Arsenal I thought we were extremely unlucky at the Emirates.
"I don't care who you were that night against Man Utd, they were on absolute fire.
"We got caught by a mistake here against Man City. Liverpool won it with a penalty.
"But we were well in the games other than Man Utd. Our form against everyone else has been unbelievably high.
"We have a striker who is just behind Ronaldo and Messi in the goalscoring charts. And we have a young team who are getting better and better and better.
"The performances have been extremely high.
"We have played Sunderland, QPR, Norwich, Stoke and Reading - five must-wins - and they have delivered.
"That's the biggest thing I would say about them."
When quizzed about whether he was relieved at not having a survival showdown at Wigan, he added: "You're talking about hypothetical things. We had done the job in my view.
"We weren't looking to Arsenal to do us a favour. We knew what could happen. You can't influence anything. You have to look after yourself.
"We played like a team with no fear. We played with confidence, drive and enthusiasm.
"We had 42,000 at our game against Chelsea at 12.45pm. That shows how far we have come on."
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