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Lambert in optimistic mood heading into New Year
Paul Lambert on season so far.
30th Dec 2013
Lambert in optimistic mood heading into New Year


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Manager Paul Lambert is in optimistic mood heading into the New Year - as he looks for another second half surge to the season.

Lambert obviously wanted his team to beat Palace and Swansea on home soil during the festive period.

But he stressed that no team has a "divine right" to win football matches.

Focusing on the coming months, the boss now believes Villa are in a healthy position heading into 2014, as his team look to replicate their post-New Year form from the previous campaign.

He said: "We are three points off 10th. It's not all doom and gloom. It's how people want to portray it. I am certainly not a negative person.

"People get carried away that just because you don't beat Palace it's an absolute disaster.

"I'm not going to feel really down because of Palace or Swansea.

"We are not sitting not too bad in the table. That top half may be breaking away but there are 10 other teams fighting for everything.

"We are competing with teams. We have beaten Man City and Arsenal and could have got something at Chelsea and against Liverpool. There are not many games where we don't compete.

"As I said, we are three points from 10th. That's not a bad position to be in.

"You look at the teams down there, there are massive clubs who have spent a lot.

"You have no divine right, you have to earn the right in this league.

"You look at the table and we're sitting pretty decent. If you look at last season, it took us until the end of January to gather this amount of points. So you're ahead on that.

"Ideally, we want to play better, there's no two ways about it.

"But on Saturday it was important to stop that sequence of losing. That was paramount. The lads did that.

"Do I want Swansea to come to our place and have that much of the ball? No! But the great thing about the Swansea game was that they came out after the Boxing Day defeat and they never capitulated.

"They kept on going. They showed a great desire not to get beat. If you can't win it as I have said before, make sure you don't lose it. We stuck at it and showed a good maturity.

"We have had a few injuries to big players, the likes of Ron Vlaar, Jores Okore, Gabby Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann at certain times, which we can't carry.

"We have to have everyone fit to have a strong squad. But we are still well in that mid-table section.

"Hopefully one or two are coming back now. We will be in a better place for it.

"The turn of the last year we went on a great run. We will try and do it again."

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