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Lambert: We want to keep the pressure on teams above us

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Lambert: We want to keep the pressure on teams above us


Paul Lambert says victory against Liverpool would keep the pressure on the teams above Villa in the table.

Villa are currently 17th on 30 points - one place above the drop zone - but interestingly and importantly, they are also only four points off 11th spot in the table.

Lambert has been saying for weeks now that other sides would be forced into the relegation battle and his words now ring true, with Fulham, Stoke, Norwich, Newcastle, West Ham, Sunderland and Southampton all looking over their shoulders.

He wants that worry and concern to continue.

He said: "I think we are playing really well. The last two wins have been huge for us to put us in a position where we're dragging a lot of teams into it.

"If you look at the table, we're four points off eleventh which is nothing.

"When you look at that, we have been down there most of the season so it's nothing new for us going into this game. It might be for a few others.

"It's how everyone handles the pressure. We have done excellent these past few weeks.

"I have seen teams get sucked into it year after year. It wasn't long ago, people were saying you're ten points away, you're nine points away, now all of a sudden it's cut to four and we are playing well enough to win games, I know that.

"If we can win Sunday it certainly puts pressure on people and keeps you looking up the table, which everyone wants to do.

"If we can beat Liverpool it will be a massive result for us - and it will also be three victories on the bounce.

"I think we played really well in the Reading and QPR games. I was delighted with the lads in the way they performed.

"I thought we started the game really well against QPR, lost a really poor goal and then they had us on the back foot for a spell where Brad made some terrific saves but I thought in the second half we were excellent.

"The performances have been there. We were very good at Reading too. We go into this game on Sunday with a bit of confidence."

Pundits will recall, of course, the 3-1 win at Anfield earlier this season, as Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann ran riot.

But Lambert is reluctant to mention the victory, saying it's "long gone."

He's more concerned with the current classy form of his team.

He added: "I don't think we look at that. In the last few weeks we've been playing really well and you take that into the game rather what we did at Anfield.

"The Anfield game has long gone, it's finished. It's what we've done in the last few weeks.

"That is what they will take into the game more than anything. The Anfield game, they know they've beaten them, but I don't think you can hold any attachment to that game."

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By @AVFCOfficial 28th March 2013
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