Lambert backs Villa players

  • Last Updated: March 28 2014, 13:31 GMT

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has every faith his players can bounce back from their heavy loss to Stoke by inflicting further misery on Manchester United this weekend.

Lambert: Looking for a positive response from his players
Lambert: Looking for a positive response from his players

Villa were brought down to earth after back-to-back wins when they were thumped 4-1 at home by the Potters on Sunday.

Lambert was in no doubt that his side's performance on that occasion was "not good enough", but he is feeling optimistic about the prospect of Villa putting in a completely contrasting display on Saturday when they take on United at Old Trafford.

He said: "We had a chat this week and I told them my feelings on it (the Stoke match).

"To be fair to the lads, they have trained well. There's no hangover from it.

"One thing I've found is that the lads have always come out and tried to rectify things, and I'm pretty sure on Saturday it will be the same."

Lambert's players will be taking on a United outfit also keen to respond after a poor home result.

The Red Devils suffered the latest blow in their hugely disappointing first season under the management of David Moyes on Tuesday when a visit from their derby rivals Manchester City ended in a comprehensive 3-0 defeat.

Lambert can certainly see the potential danger for his side on Saturday with United still hurting from that game.

But he also believes Villa's style of play can cause Moyes' men more damage.

The midlands club have pulled off some notable results against major sides this term, including home 3-2 and 1-0 wins over City and - just prior to the Stoke match - Chelsea respectively, a 3-1 victory at Arsenal and a 2-2 draw at Liverpool.

And Lambert feels many of the stand-out performances this season from his team, whose away Barclays Premier League record for the campaign so far shows only five defeats from 14 matches, have come on their travels.

He said of Saturday's lunchtime kick-off: "I think they (United) have been badly hit by what happened the other night and you are probably expecting them to come out firing on all cylinders.

"But our job is to try to win, to try to hurt them by doing what we do best. Our intent is to go up there and try to win.

"Everybody knows our away form and the way we play - we can create and try to score.

"The other night they were up against Manchester City, who on the night were excellent, and this will be a different game for Manchester United - it is not their local rivals they are playing against, and it is a team lower than them in the table.

"But a lot of our best performances this year have been away from home with the way we play. So we will go there and try to win."

Lambert's men go into the game lying 12th in the table, while United - 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture at Villa Park in December - are seventh.

Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi is a doubt due to a thigh problem.

The injury forced El Ahmadi to come off in the first half of the Stoke contest and Lambert has said the Morocco international is "struggling" ahead of the trip to Manchester.

Forward Andreas Weimann had to depart the field around the same time in the Stoke match because of a dead leg but is expected to be available.


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