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Lambert: Handle the pressure

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has urged his players to withstand the pressure of Saturday's clash with Hull City.

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Paul Lambert: Desperate to secure survival on Saturday

Paul Lambert: Desperate to secure survival on Saturday

Lambert's struggling side sit just three points above the relegation zone - albeit with a game in hand - and he is determined to seal their survival by securing their first victory in six games.

"If we win then it virtually gets us out of the relegation battle," he said.

"That's how big the game is. Everybody knows it. I said the other day that this is like a cup final and we're at home, with the backing of 38,000 people.

"That will have to drive us on as well and if the lads perform against a good side who have had a really good season then we'll do it.

"The ironic thing is that if we win, we can go above Hull."

When asked for his opinion on Gabriel Agbonlahor's claim that the clash was the biggest of the players' lives, the Scot added: "It's pressure and you deal with it.

"Gabby is saying that because they're still young. When they're 29, 30 years of age, hopefully if their careers keep going they'll have massive games to play in.

"I understand what Gabby is saying about it being a cup final, and that is how we have to treat it. You have to give it everything you've got and if you win then it puts everything out of the road."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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