Next Game

S'land v Hannover

Saturday, 01 August 2015, 16:00

Friendly Match

Lambert: Cats not yet safe

Paul Lambert claims Sunderland are still right in the middle of the relegation battle as he prepares his Aston Villa side for their Monday night clash.

Last Updated: 29/04/13 at 19:39 Post Comment

Paul Lambert: Aston Villa boss says Sunderland are still in the relegation battl

Paul Lambert: Aston Villa boss says Sunderland are still in the relegation battl

Paolo Di Canio has helped the Black Cats move six points clear of the bottom three but Lambert reckons they cannot afford to rest on their laurels.

Lambert said: "A lot can be made of a new manager coming in and it's up to us to combat that and go and try to win.

"You don't know if it's worked, you have to wait and see, they're still bang in it. I think Paolo would say that himself.

"You can talk about new manager syndrome or whatever but it's the same group of players that were there before.

"They got a result against Everton that was really good the way Everton have been playing but we're at home and the onus is on us to make the running."

Lambert also played down suggestions that there would be any ill-will between the two dug-outs after Di Canio - then managing Swindon Town - appeared to taunt Villa fans about relegation after a League Cup game earlier this season.

"I didn't know anything about it," he added. "I think I've got more things to worry about. I don't really get wound up by that sort of thing.

"The lads that go out and play, they're the most important people along with the people that come and watch it."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's a bloody good goal, though. Sh!t, the kid's gonna be the worlds best before we know it, isn't he? He's got the touch of genius in him. Like Neymar, but with muscles and stuff. He's doing a Ronaldo as we watch. He's bulked up to be able to ride the tackles, but he's improved technically as well. His touch is sublime. Bugger.

HarryBoulton
WATCH: Hazard's stunning goal

A

hhh, Jose arguing with another managers wife, clearest sign yet that we are going mental during the close season. I am rocking back and forth on my haunches.

hump3.
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

I

t's only a matter of time before one of them throws in a yo mamma

lee
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

Footer 365

Louis van Gaal to decide between Jones and Smalling

Louis van Gaal has revealed that he will choose between Phil Jones and Chris Smalling for the final place in his back four.

David de Gea situation at Man Utd frustrates Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal admits Real Madrid's pursuit of David de Gea is causing tension between the Spaniard and Manchester United.

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria close to PSG switch

Laurent Blanc claims Paris Saint-Germain are close to completing the signing of Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria.

Mail Box

Mails: This Is My Perfect Moment

Lots of Mailboxers channel their inner Martine McCutcheon to bring you their perfect footballing moments. Plus thoughts on Blatter, names, and Chelsea worries...

Mails: Let's Talk About Jose's Failures...

We don't talk about them because Chelsea won the title...but imagine if LVG or Brendan Rodgers had signed Juan Cuadrado. Plus, a trawl through the squads...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company