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Gaffer's match verdict: Lambert - Our belief is still strong

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Gaffer's match verdict: Lambert - Our belief is still strong


Paul Lambert called for Villa to "be big enough and brave enough" to keep going in the wake of their 2-1 defeat to Liverpool.

Lambert was frustrated at the manner of the two goals conceded after the break, following an excellent first-half from his side.

But despite the defeat, Lambert insists confidence is still high, belief is strong and the way forward is there to be trod upon.

He said: "I thought for 45 minutes we were excellent. We looked a threat every time we went forward. We competed brilliantly against a really good side. We were well in the game.

"I keep saying it, the one thing we have got is that we are playing well enough to win games.

"Brad has not had too much to do other than pick it out twice.

"From our point of view the first goal was disappointing just after the restart. That was really poor especially since we were attacking. But you can't take your eyes off it for a minute.

"Nathan will learn from the penalty because he is young. If you go to ground in the penalty box, especially against someone like Luis Suarez that's what can happen.

"But you can't blame any individuals. I think it's a team game, a team spot, we need everyone together. I can't have a blame culture.

"We are in it together and it will stand us in good stead.

"You have to be big enough and brave enough to keep going. The league is unforgiving as everyone knows.

"Performance-wise, they just need to keep doing what they are doing.

"It's not every day you will play a Liverpool. They are good side still. They have some terrific players. We need to keep going the way they have been doing it."

Lambert believes the position hasn't changed a great deal despite the loss, with several teams firmly in the mix in the lower reaches of the table.

He continued: "It's the same. Looking at results, we are four points from eleventh.

"There will be so many twists and turns.

"The thing for myself is we are playing well. In spells we are playing really, really well.

"The confidence is a big part of the game of football, if you keep that it will certainly help.

"You look at today there was not too much in the game. There was not too much between the teams.

"I just think we are playing well. We don't look like a side down there, that's for sure. Okay the result went against us and it's results that matter most but the belief is there for us to win games."

Finally, Lambert bemoaned several chances that could have given the result a very different complexion.

He added: "If Gabby fluffs that chance it goes in, he's hit it too good and then there was Christian's header from Joe's cross early on in the game. We played well in the first half.

"And Steven Gerrard clears it off the line. He senses danger and his experience takes him into positions where he thinks the danger is. It was a brilliant header from Christian. He did remarkably well to clear it off the line."

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By @AVFCOfficial 31st March 2013
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