Cup win could be a turning point, says Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert admits overcoming City in tomorrow’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg could help turn their whole season around.

Villa have to recover from losing the first leg 3-1 to the League Two side at the Coral Windows Stadium a fortnight ago. But Lambert believes reaching Wembley can also have a positive impact on Villa’s other main battle, which is Barclays Premier League survival.

Lambert said: “I don’t sense any apprehension at all. I just feel we are ready for it and we know what we have to go and do.

“I am pretty sure everyone will make us favourites to turn it around. I think everyone will do that.

“In a cup game anything can happen but, with a big pitch and a crowd behind us, hopefully we will be able to score more than we did up in Bradford.

“We had a lot of chances up at Bradford. If we can create that amount of chances, then we’ll be close.

“If we get through, the confidence will be great. The feeling around the club will be massive.

“It will be a great thing. It can definitely play a huge part in the season turning (around).”

But Lambert is aware Villa have to avoid conceding the sloppy goals from set-pieces which have proved to be their downfall - including at Bradford - in recent games.

Striker Christian Benteke has been at fault in a defensive role on more than one occasion and his slip allowed Gareth McAuley to set up Peter Odemwingie’s equaliser in the 2-2 weekend draw at West Brom.

Lambert said: “I can’t nitpick because the big guy (Benteke) has been unbelievable for us.

“What I bought him for is to put the ball in the net and you only need to look at his ratio there.

“With the goal conceded against West Brom, he has actually slipped and sometimes that can happen. I can’t be too critical of him for what he’s done.

“But you have to make sure players don’t get headers in at set-pieces.”

Lambert added: “Bradford’s form is probably not as good as they would like it to be. It can happen.

“You have a big night against someone midweek and you go and lose your next league game because it’s hard to sustain that level.

“But it’s about us tomorrow and what we do. It’s our home game and we know what we have to go and do.”

Villa striker Andreas Weimann is available after illness. Weimann scored Villa’s only goal in the first leg.

Defender Nathan Baker (hamstring) has been ruled out and midfielder Ashley Westwood is cup-tied, while Lambert will make late fitness checks on goalkeeper Shay Given (hamstring) and midfielder Fabian Delph (ankle).

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9:58pm Mon 21 Jan 13

chin up says...

Well Mr Lambert yes you did create chances in the 1st leg, so did City. You also conceded 3 goals. Your team is devoid of confidence. Yes you're favourites to go through but you're forgetting City went to Wigan and did not concede for 120 minutes. It appears the Villa defence is worse than Wigan's as evidenced in the 1st leg so we have a chance of scoring.

From looking at Lambert's body language since the humiliating loss at Chelsea, it seems to be becoming increasingly negative. After the West Brom game he said they deserved to win, just like after the Swansea game, yet most pundits seem to disagree. Poor defending cost them again, and once again from set pieces. He has also admitted that there is nothing he can do to get the best out of his team when defending these. He says they just need to win headers.

Get as many attacking set pieces as you can City. One or two goals will be possible. In Parkinson we trust!!

Whatever happens it has been the best cup run I and many supporters will ever witness! The whole club has done everyone proud. But I have the same feeling as before Wigan and the Arsenal games, the anticipation of something brilliant could happen. We can do this!! Believe!!!
Well Mr Lambert yes you did create chances in the 1st leg, so did City. You also conceded 3 goals. Your team is devoid of confidence. Yes you're favourites to go through but you're forgetting City went to Wigan and did not concede for 120 minutes. It appears the Villa defence is worse than Wigan's as evidenced in the 1st leg so we have a chance of scoring. From looking at Lambert's body language since the humiliating loss at Chelsea, it seems to be becoming increasingly negative. After the West Brom game he said they deserved to win, just like after the Swansea game, yet most pundits seem to disagree. Poor defending cost them again, and once again from set pieces. He has also admitted that there is nothing he can do to get the best out of his team when defending these. He says they just need to win headers. Get as many attacking set pieces as you can City. One or two goals will be possible. In Parkinson we trust!! Whatever happens it has been the best cup run I and many supporters will ever witness! The whole club has done everyone proud. But I have the same feeling as before Wigan and the Arsenal games, the anticipation of something brilliant could happen. We can do this!! Believe!!! chin up
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10:00pm Mon 21 Jan 13

nowt fresh says...

Love how Paul Lambert keeps talking up the "BIG CROWD" scenario don't forget Mr Lambert if you do not score in the first 30 minutes or so of the game the "BIG CROWD" could be a disadvantage to your young team if the crowd start getting restless..!! just saying like :-)).
Love how Paul Lambert keeps talking up the "BIG CROWD" scenario don't forget Mr Lambert if you do not score in the first 30 minutes or so of the game the "BIG CROWD" could be a disadvantage to your young team if the crowd start getting restless..!! just saying like :-)). nowt fresh
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10:18pm Mon 21 Jan 13

KnightMcCall says...

chin up wrote:
Well Mr Lambert yes you did create chances in the 1st leg, so did City. You also conceded 3 goals. Your team is devoid of confidence. Yes you're favourites to go through but you're forgetting City went to Wigan and did not concede for 120 minutes. It appears the Villa defence is worse than Wigan's as evidenced in the 1st leg so we have a chance of scoring.

From looking at Lambert's body language since the humiliating loss at Chelsea, it seems to be becoming increasingly negative. After the West Brom game he said they deserved to win, just like after the Swansea game, yet most pundits seem to disagree. Poor defending cost them again, and once again from set pieces. He has also admitted that there is nothing he can do to get the best out of his team when defending these. He says they just need to win headers.

Get as many attacking set pieces as you can City. One or two goals will be possible. In Parkinson we trust!!

Whatever happens it has been the best cup run I and many supporters will ever witness! The whole club has done everyone proud. But I have the same feeling as before Wigan and the Arsenal games, the anticipation of something brilliant could happen. We can do this!! Believe!!!
Keep believing. It feels like 1998. The only way is up. Every City fan together and we can show Villa what support is. Its only a cup...
[quote][p][bold]chin up[/bold] wrote: Well Mr Lambert yes you did create chances in the 1st leg, so did City. You also conceded 3 goals. Your team is devoid of confidence. Yes you're favourites to go through but you're forgetting City went to Wigan and did not concede for 120 minutes. It appears the Villa defence is worse than Wigan's as evidenced in the 1st leg so we have a chance of scoring. From looking at Lambert's body language since the humiliating loss at Chelsea, it seems to be becoming increasingly negative. After the West Brom game he said they deserved to win, just like after the Swansea game, yet most pundits seem to disagree. Poor defending cost them again, and once again from set pieces. He has also admitted that there is nothing he can do to get the best out of his team when defending these. He says they just need to win headers. Get as many attacking set pieces as you can City. One or two goals will be possible. In Parkinson we trust!! Whatever happens it has been the best cup run I and many supporters will ever witness! The whole club has done everyone proud. But I have the same feeling as before Wigan and the Arsenal games, the anticipation of something brilliant could happen. We can do this!! Believe!!![/p][/quote]Keep believing. It feels like 1998. The only way is up. Every City fan together and we can show Villa what support is. Its only a cup... KnightMcCall
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