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Villa v Everton gaffer preview: Lambert urging Villa forward

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Villa v Everton gaffer preview: Lambert urging Villa forward

By Paul Brown

Paul Lambert says he'll be sending his team out for the first time at Villa Park with orders to play to a high tempo - and with a determination to score.

Lambert was relatively happy with the way his side performed for much of the away match at Upton Park but bemoaned the lack of chances and goals.

That's something he's eager to rectify against Everton and he's been working hard with his players in training to give them a more clinical cutting-edge.

He said: "The need to create chances was there for all to see.

"We had a lot of the ball in certain points during the game but at the end of the day you've got to score, which we never did. We will try and rectify that.

"I was reasonably happy with the way we played with the ball but the end product wasn't there which you have to have.

"I don't think you can have that much of the ball and not have a chance. I think that's wrong.

"It's up to us to rectify that. Tomorrow gives us a chance. I am sure the lads will give it everything to try and win.

"In terms of approach it will be the same as the West Ham game. I always try and get on the front foot. I play a high tempo and a high intensity.

"We are at home and we have to get on that front foot. There's too many people come to watch not to. We have to force the game.

"I give them the freedom to go and do it. You look at it on paper and we have Brett Holman, Stephen Ireland, Charles N'Zogbia and Darren Bent. They are four really, really talented players.

"But for some strange reason we didn't get a chance at it. But from back to middle I thought we were really fine.

"To go away from home in the Premier League and have that possession? But ultimately you have to score.

"The game is about creating chances and trying to score so that's what you try and do. We will try and get on the front foot to try and win the game."

Lambert admits he's relishing his home debut, as he comes out to warm applause from the claret and blue faithful.

He added: "I can't wait. I think it will be a great atmosphere.

"We have to give them something back to get them going. There's no point in me saying we need the crowd because we need to give them something. Hopefully tomorrow that will happen.

"I feel the goodwill. I said last week it is humbling and shows people want you here.

"At the end of the day I have to win as many games as I can."

Lambert confirmed Chris Herd [thigh] and Nathan Delfouneso [thigh] were available for the game, with long-term absentees Gabby Agbonlahor [knee], Richard Dunne [groin] and Marc Albrighton [foot] all still out.

However, Agbonlahor is set to give Villa a boost by returning to training next week.

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AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 24th August 2012
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