By Paul Brown
Paul Lambert today praised Villa's whole-hearted approach - but admitted it's doing nothing for his own ticker!
Lambert has been thrilled with the all-action displays of his team, as they have lived up to his positive footballing philosophies.
He said he's as excited as the fans watching the claret and blues go on the attack.
But he joked that it's like a rollercoaster following Villa at present.
Asked if it would be up and down this season, Lambert said: "I hope not. But it's a young team and that's what happens with young players.
"It's exciting for myself watching them at the moment.
"You get heart failure like everyone else when you sit and watch it but I am really enjoying it.
"The players are enjoying it and so are the fans. Yes you're disappointed to be losing at certain times but it's certainly exciting for everyone to see.
"The fans are getting excitement. We want the supporters on our side rather than against us.
"You appreciate the crowd because they travel to watch you - sometimes a long, long way.
"But the people who are coming to watch us at the minute, yes it's exciting."
On his positive outlook, he continued: "It's a trait that will never leave me. I don't want it any other way. If you're going to get beat, get beat in the right way but I also want to win as best I can. We will give it a go."
Lambert insisted too much has been made of the Southampton defeat, saying a "mad" spell in the second half was Villa's undoing.
Other than that, he's been thrilled with the improvements he's seen since joining.
He added: "There was a mad 15 minute spell at Southampton but at one-nil we were looking pretty fine and at the start of the second half we could have had a couple more, with Christian and Darren.
"They equalised and then we had a period where we couldn't get at it. But that happens in football. We will have to take our medicine at times and go again.
"I thought the response on Tuesday was tremendous, phenomenal.
"For 55 minutes at Southampton I was pretty happy and then we just lost our way a bit. That can happen. You don't get time to dwell - you go again."
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