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Lambert: We're tough enough

Paul Lambert believes his youngsters at Aston Villa are more than tough enough to cope with the physical challenges of the Premier League.

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Paul Lambert: We can cope

Paul Lambert: We can cope

Many felt that some of Villa's younger players were likely to be outmuscled this season but, on Sunday, they coped well with strong, tall Stoke City team.

Although the match at Villa Park ended goalless, the hosts conjured up the majority of the chances.

Lambert admits: "When they go out there to play, I trust them. Some of the football we're playing has been very good.

"When I came here, I knew be it would be a long-term thing and that's what we're trying to do.

"I am not just putting them out there to learn. I know they can handle it and the last few weeks we've been very good.

"I was delighted with the way we coped with Stoke's strength. It is hard to keep Stoke at bay with the way they play.

"I was asked before the game how we would combat that and I think we used our strengths by playing football. I thought we were excellent."

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e'll be fine, no problem. If they do get relegated, he's definitely going to ask how anyone could ever have thought that Villa were going to be fine given their problems before he came.

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toke though. Hmn. I don't think it was defending that made people dislike Stoke so much as the out and out cheating/nastiness they regularly displayed. That, and they kept buying the odd flair player and then ruining them (Oh! Tuncay, what were you thinking?).

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ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

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