Paul Lambert vows to fight on

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he was not brought up to shirk a challenge as he looks to address the club's recent slide.

Last Updated: 26/01/13 at 13:43 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Mexico leave Manchester United's Javier Hernandez to sort out future

Post comment

Miguel Herrera has decided to leave Javier Hernandez out of his Mexico squad so that he can sort out his future.

Transfer news: Dinamo Zagreb striker Duje Cop attracting interest

Post comment

Sky Sports understands that Dinamo Zagreb striker Duje Cop is attracting interest from clubs across Europe.

All Articles

Lambert: Won't shirk Villa challenge

Lambert: Won't shirk Villa challenge

Lambert's side lost 2-1 at Millwall in the FA Cup fourth round following the Capital One Cup exit to Bradford earlier in the week.

Villa are also struggling in the Premier League and currently sit 17th in the table but 43-year-old Lambert is determined to turn things around.

"There are two ways to deal with it," he said. "You either accept it or come out fighting, and I will keep fighting because I'm not brought up (to accept it).

"I handle it in my own way, I've got to handle it - you are the custodian of the football club and I will try everything I can to turn it around."

The two cup upsets, particularly that against the Bantams, represent high-profile setbacks but top-flight survival still tops Lambert's agenda, leading him to make several changes last night including resting striker Christian Benteke.

"The lads have played a hell of a lot of games and we've not got the biggest of squads. You have to watch what you're doing," he said.

"You can't make too many changes but the Premier League is the most important thing."

Millwall hit back after Benteke's replacement Darren Bent had opened the scoring for the top-flight side, Danny Shittu heading an equaliser before John Marquis nodded home a late winner at the second attempt.

The result was marred by a number of Millwall supporters causing a halt to the game during the second half as they threw bottles at assistant referee Mark Scholes.

Police made three arrests but Lions boss Kenny Jackett refused to let the scenes overshadow his side's efforts.

"There's a line between supporting your club and creating a passionate atmosphere and we don't want to step over that line," he said.

"We can't condone it and to some degree it is disappointing but on the plus side, the atmosphere was fantastic and it was terrific to be here."

Marquis was making his first start since an FA Cup tie with Dagenham last January after spending most of this season sidelined by a groin injury.

Jackett, who praised his entire team, reserved special mention for the 20-year-old striker.

"I thought it was a terrific performance from the whole team tonight," he said.

"I thought we deserved to win and I was so pleased for John Marquis that he got the winning goal. He has been out for a long time and has worked so hard to get back to fitness."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

England boss Roy Hodgson sets his sights on winning Euro 2016

Roy Hodgson has put England's awful World Cup display behind him and has set his sights on winning Euro 2016.

Malky Mackay apologises for offensive texts while Cardiff manager

Malky Mackay has issued an official apology for sending offensive text messages during his time as Cardiff manager.

Dutch Eredivisie: Ajax v PSV preview

Ajax hope to steal a march on title rivals PSV when the two sides clash at the Amsterdam ArenA on Sunday, live on Sky.

Mail Box

More Fan Mail For Football365...

'Just p*ss off with your righteous indignation will you. W*nkers.' There's a lot of anger going around for what should have been a sleepy Friday afternoon at F365 Towers...

Man United: One Game To Save Season

They have one match to convince decent players that they are worth joining - over to you, Louis. We also have mails on Malky Mackay, Mario Balotelli and Tim...

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