Next Game

Houston Dynamo v A Villa

Sunday, 27 July 2014, 02:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

FC Dallas 0 - 2 A Villa

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 02:00

Friendly Match

Lambert: Villa need home wins

Paul Lambert is hoping his Aston Villa side can rediscover their best home form against Manchester City on Saturday.

Last Updated: 28/09/13 at 08:14 Post Comment

Paul Lambert: Aston Villa manager knows home form must improve

Paul Lambert: Aston Villa manager knows home form must improve

Villa Park has been anything but a fortress since Lambert took charge of the club at the start of last season.

Lambert has orchestrated just five home victories from 21 Premier League games, notably chalking up nine defeats in the last 13 stretching back towards the end of December.

The run includes defeats to Liverpool and Newcastle already in front of the Villa supporters, while the club were unceremoniously dumped out of the Capital One Cup by visiting Tottenham in midweek, who are the next visitors on October 20 after City.

Lambert said: "You need to win your home games.

"You should have a good solid base at home, but we seem to be doing it the other way around at the moment, winning away from home, and finding it hard at home. I don't know why that is. It's strange.

"It's not as if we set our stall out any differently. We always go out to try and win every game we play in, and I'll never change that

"We've too many fans who come to watch us, so we can't sit back.

"Sometimes we are forced to because visiting teams get on top of you, but we never deliberately set out to defend.

"We know it's something we have to put right, to improve, and I'm sure it will come. The law of averages says it will come."

One of the keys for such an improvement will be goalkeeper Brad Guzan who produced a superb display in last Saturday's 1-0 win at Norwich, in particular saving a penalty from Robert Snodgrass.

Crucially for Villa it was their first clean sheet in 26 league games, stretching back to a goalless draw at Stoke on December 8.

"Against Norwich his handling was brilliant, he won everything," said Lambert.

"When you've a goalkeeper like that, who you know is going to come and collect the ball, it's certainly a great thing to have.

"There are obviously some great goalkeepers out there, but I can only speak for Brad and what I see every day, what he has been like in training and in matches.

"He has been absolutely brilliant for us, and apart from that, he is an absolutely top guy."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Gareth Bale says Real Madrid are eyeing a six-trophy campaign this season

Gareth Bale says Real Madrid are targeting an even bigger trophy haul this season.

Premier League: Gylfi Sigurdsson delighted with move to Swansea from Tottenham

Gylfi Sigurdsson has told Sky Sports he is delighted to have joined former club Swansea from Tottenham.

Transfer news: Tottenham sign Ben Davies and Michel Vorm, Gylfi Sigurdsson joins Swansea

Tottenham have signed Swansea duo Ben Davies and Michel Vorm, with Gylfi Sigurdsson moving in the opposite direction.

Mail Box

Defending Woodward With Perspective

One Mailer is telling us to hold fire on our Woodward criticism, whilst we also have some wonderful PFA Team of The year geekery, a well done to Vieira and much more...

Why The Obsession Over The Captaincy?

Asks the morning mailbox, before hastily returning to the debate over who should replace Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Ed Woodward's spending plans and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property