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Lambert wary of Berbatov threat

Paul Lambert says Aston Villa will need to keep a special eye on Dimitar Berbatov as they aim to continue their climb up the table when they host Fulham on Saturday.

• Keep calm and hang onto Berba

Berbatov has been one of the Premier League's players of the season since leaving Manchester United in the summer and is likely to represent the visitors' main threat at Villa Park.

"He has had a fantastic career," Lambert said of the former Bulgaria forward. "He's an international player and a fantastic footballer. His record speaks for itself.

"He makes things happen. You have to pay attention to him but they have a good team and probably don't get the recognition they deserve. They're a very good side."

Lambert thinks Villa were hard done by when losing 1-0 at Craven Cottage in October.

"We played well at Craven Cottage and lost to a goal near the end, but Fulham are a good side," he said. "We would want the crowd to be the same as they have been and to get right behind us. They have always been there behind us to be fair. Saturday is a pressure game and the stadium will be bouncing again."

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