After taking over from Alex McLeish in the summer, a lot of positive football was expected from Paul Lambert at Aston Villa. However, his team have struggled throughout the season and they are currently in a relegation zone. They have just 21 points from the 25 matches played so far this campaign. The manager has admitted for the first time that it is a horrible experience to be in charge of a club like Aston Villa in this position. He has said that the only chance of Villa staying in the Premier league this season is to win ugly from here on in.

After taking over in the summer, Lambert has been extremely keen on introducing young players to the team. This has resulted in Villa having the lowest average age of the squad in several weekends of the Premier league. This has consequently resulted in lower experience amongst the players, which has been evident in several matches. Villa came extremely close to snatching three points during this weekend as well in the match against Everton. They were leading the match 3-1 in the second half only to concede two goals in the final few minutes to draw the match. As a result, they continue to sit on the relegation zone.

“It is horrible. We’re in a fight and we have to drive ourselves out of it. We had a chat the other day and they know what they have to do. The effort they are giving is there in abundance. I believe they can do it and they do themselves. We spoke about things and they’ve been pretty positive. Winning covers a multitude of sins; it always does, and if you play poor and win, you’d take it,” said the manager. Villa have not managed a single win in the last eight matches.