Lambert confident of survival

Paul Lambert is adamant he can keep Aston Villa in the Premier
League despite watching his players squander a 1-0 lead against
Liverpool on Easter Sunday.

The Villans were on course for a third successive win when
Christian Benteke’s crisp finish put them ahead, only for Liverpool
to strike twice in the second half.

Jordan Henderson levelled just two minutes into the second half
after a sharp counter-attack and Steven Gerrard scored what turned
out to be the match-winner from the penalty spot after a reckless
foul from Nathan Baker on Luis Suarez.

Villa remain in the relegation places on goal-difference with
seven games remaining, however Lambert did not think there was much
between the teams.

He told Sky Sports: “I thought first half we were excellent – I
really did. There was Gabby’s chance which if he miskicks it
probably goes in but the keeper (Pepe Reina) did well and stood up
to it. There wasn’t much in it in the second half but we never had
the fluency which we did have in the first half, but you can’t give
away goals like we did. It was a definite penalty, I’ve just seen
it.”

Asked how disappointed he was to concede so soon after
half-time, Lambert added: “It was a poor goal two minutes in, when
we were attacking, but Liverpool can do that with the players that
they’ve got. You’ve always got to be switched on against them but
from our point of view it’s a poor goal.”

Next up for Villa is an away trip to Stoke City and Lambert
insists confidence remains high going into the business end of the
season.

He said: “It’s a collective thing. Everyone is in it together
and we move along to the next game. We are certainly playing well
enough to win games.

“We’re certainly playing well enough and we don’t look like a
team who are down the bottom at the minute. If we keep going we’ll
win more games than not.

“Confidence is a big part of the game. We are not lacking in
that. We are making errors because we’re young but the confidence
is there.”