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Apr, 15, 2013

Lambert confident of survival

Paul Lambert insists Aston Villa have the momentum they need to win their tense Premier League survival fight.

• Blog: Keep calm Villa

The Scot shrugged off his club's failure to take full control of their destiny in Saturday's draw with Fulham to claim they have the high ground for the remaining five game.

"We're the form team at the moment and the good thing is we're going into games playing well," he said. "The feeling and positivity are good.

"The way we're playing, we are certainly capable of hurting teams. We've been down there for most of the year, so this situation is not new for us.

"What's happened now is we've brought teams into it who haven't been there yet, so now, all of a sudden, it's not certain what's going to happen.

"But the good thing for me is we're playing very well. You've got to handle the pressure that comes with being down there. Plus you're playing in one of the hardest leagues in Europe, never mind anything else. That's hard to do."

Villa have the ultimate challenge in their next game when they visit champions-elect Manchester United next Monday.

But they will head to Old Trafford with the confidence of registering three wins and a draw in their last five games and of having won two, drawn two and lost only one of their last five league trips.

"I've got to give the team a lot of credit for the way they're playing," he added. "You'd like to think that the way things are going, we can keep going with it and keep building to get results.

"I can't fault the team for the way they're playing. It wasn't long ago that Fulham went to White Hart Lane and won. They don't get the credit they deserve sometimes."

Despite their recent success against QPR, Villa have won only two of their last ten home league games and have not kept a clean sheet since the draw with Stoke in early December.

With visits from Sunderland and Chelsea still to come, it's a run Lambert is keen to halt. And he's optimistic that fortunes at Villa Park will improve.

"I'm not sure if there's a reason for it," he said. "The onus is always on the home team to make the running because of the demand of the crowd.

"But the crowd are really behind the lads. They're bouncing right off them and if you can keep that, your home form will actually pick up."

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