Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Lambert moves on from huge win

Paul Lambert wants Aston Villa to put Monday's victory to the back of their minds

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has already moved on from Monday's 6-1 hammering of Sunderland as he focuses on dragging his side to Barclays Premier League safety.

The Scot has overseen an impressive revival recently with Villa taking 17 points from their last 11 games to leave them 16th in the table and five points off the relegation zone. Lambert, though, has put the morale-boosting win to the back of his mind as he prepares to return to former club Norwich on Saturday.

"You let it go as soon as it's finished," he said.

"I don't dwell on it, it's gone. We've got another three games to go and we'll go and try to win the next one. The lads have hit really, really top form over the last few months and that's the pleasing thing, they've grown with it.

"The crowd on Monday were electric and I think the team and the crowd are really bonding - and that can be a fantastic thing at a football club. The way the night transpired, with the crowd and the atmosphere, was fantastic. But it's important to move on. We're playing really well at the moment but the minute anyone thinks we've done it...we'll try and avoid that."

Midlands rivals West Brom can help Villa by beating Wigan this weekend but Lambert would rather focus on his own job.

"If you start to look for others to do you a favour, then you're clutching at things," he said. "The big thing for me is every time we've been asked to get a result against teams in and around us, we've come up with the goods.

"There's not much in it in the bottom half. We've just got to look after our own game and try and win as many games as we can, and our form is very very good. There's still loads to do. We've got to let that game go. The most important thing was to win that game."

Villa now look in a healthy position to beat the drop but Lambert is wary of getting too carried away.

"It's never over until it's over," he said. "But we've given ourselves a chance."

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