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Aston Villa will avoid relegation battle this season, says Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert's attack has been anemic in long stretches of the season thus far.
Paul Lambert says relegation should not be a worry for Aston Villa this spring.

Paul Lambert insists Aston Villa will not become embroiled in another relegation struggle if they carry on playing the way they are.

Villa are five points above the Premier League drop zone heading into the home game with Sunderland on Sunday and are the lowest scorers in the division with 11 goals from 18 games.

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They drew another blank on Boxing Day when losing 1-0 to Swansea but Lambert felt his side deserved at least a point at the Liberty Stadium and believes 13th placed Villa are on the right...

Lambert upbeat over survival hopes

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Paul Lambert insists Aston Villa will not become embroiled in another relegation struggle if they carry on playing the way they are.

Villa are five points above the Barclays Premier League drop zone heading into the home game with Sunderland on Sunday and are the lowest scorers in the division with 11 goals from 18 games.

They drew another blank on Boxing Day when losing 1-0 to Swansea but Lambert felt his side deserved at least a point at the Liberty Stadium and believes 13th placed Villa are on the...

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Aston Villa desperately need a playmaking midfielder

Swansea manager Garry Monk heralded a second successive clean sheet as his side made it six points from six in the Boxing Day matchup against Aston Villa.

A Gylfi Sigurdsson, that's what Aston Villa need. The Icelandic midfielder's free-kick goal secured Swansea's Boxing Day 1-0 victory over the Villans and, at the same time as clinching three points for the Welsh club, reminded the visiting Midland side exactly what they are missing.

Villa don't have a player like Sigurdsson, and they badly need one. A midfield playmaker who covets possession and uses the ball to prise open opposition defences, to make the subtle differences which can affect games...

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Monk: We defended very well

Swansea manager Garry Monk heralded a second successive clean sheet as his side made it six points from six in the Boxing Day matchup against Aston Villa.

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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert doesn't blame Brad Guzan for defeat to Swansea

Gylfi Sigurdsson's stunning free-kick gave Swansea a hard-fought 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Aston Villa at the Liberty Stadium.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert said he would not admonish goalkeeper Brad Guzan for allowing Swansea's winning goal on Friday.

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Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick was the difference in Swansea's 1-0 victory on Boxing Day.

Lambert said Guzan will have felt he could have done better to stop the Icelandic international's blast, but the Villa manager remained confident in his American shot-stopper.

"I think Brad will be disappointed with their goal," Lambert said. "But there's no attachment of blame from...