Lambert not fearing Villa axe

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Published: Friday 7th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Paul Lambert is confident he will survive Aston Villa’s rocky spell and pointed to Sam Allardyce’s success at West Ham as proof.

The Villa manager has lost his last six games ahead of the trip to Upton Park on Saturday.

Hammers chief Allardyce has backed Lambert and insisted he has sympathy for his opposite number.

Allardyce was under pressure last season with fans calling for his head at the start of the year – but he survived and has taken them to fifth in the Barclays Premier League this term.

Lambert insists he will also endure and said he believes in his side.

“That’s what you do. I’ve got some really good players so I don’t have any fears about that whatsoever,” he said.

“Sam has been through it and he has been there and bought the t-shirt.

“He has been over the course before and has a really good side.

“Even when it was all happening, I remember from the outside looking in it was not nice seeing that from any crowd doing that to a manager.

“But he came through it and that’s what you do, you come through it.

“Some others might like it (opposition managers coming in for abuse) but me personally, I don’t like seeing it because I know how hard the job is.

“When results go for you then great, but if not then you know what’s coming.”

Lambert has come under fire from Villa fans during their losing run, although they were unlucky to lose 2-1 to Tottenham on Sunday.

Christian Benteke’s red card turned the game and Lambert felt the home support stuck with the team.

“I understand the way fans react but the crowd were really excellent against Spurs,” said the Scot, who is without the suspended Benteke for the next three games.

“They want to see their team winning. Since I have been here they have been great.

“They came in their numbers and they will go down to West Ham in their numbers and get behind us.

“But I also know the flipside of the coin, that can happen.”

Lambert revealed Villa asked the Football Association to look at Benteke’s dismissal but saw their appeals fall on deaf ears.

The striker was sent off after pushing Ryan Mason in the face and b oth clubs were charged with failing to control their players after a melee ensued.

Lambert, meanwhile, could welcome back Philippe Senderos at West Ham after the defender returned to training on Thursday following a thigh problem.

Published: Friday 7th November 2014 by The News Editor

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