Lambert's tactics should concern Villa fans, despite draw with Southampton

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Aston Villa's tactics against Southampton were particularly poor, even if they managed to get a decent result.

Aston Villa's 1-1 draw with Southampton may have been a credible result, given the Saints' early season form, but the way they achieved the result proved that the supporters were correct to stay away.

Villa fans have voted on Paul Lambert's management style with their feet and the Midlands' side are unlikely to encourage more people to go to games with the tactics they played with against Southampton. 

Lambert's men may be on a poor run of form, but they showed no attacking intent against Southampton on Monday night.

Although the South Coast club have made a good start to the season, to set up so defensively seems a strange policy. 

Villa's crowd was the lowest that it has been in the league for 15 years and attendances may dwindle further unless Lambert starts to show some innovation.

This was a fearful display for the side, who seemed content to pick up a 0-0 draw throughout. 

Their tactics were at best rudimentary and, at worst, deliberately intended to ruin the spectacle of the match against one of the most eye-catching teams in the division. 

The only idea that Lambert's men seemed to have on the night was to hit the ball long to Gabriel Agbonlahor and try to use his pace on the break.

It was effective once in the game, when Fraser Forster inexplicably charged out of his goal and was beaten to the ball by the jet-heeled forward, but it is not a tactic which is conducive to success in the long-term. 

Agbonlahor's goal was Villa's only shot on target during the entire 90 minutes and it explains why they have struggled for goals so much recently. 

The Claret and Blue have scored just twice in their last eight fixtures and unless they start to show some sort of attacking intent this doesn't look set to change.

Villa are not blessed with one of the best squads in the division, but they have more quality at their disposal than they showed on Monday. 

The game panned out like a cup-tie, with Villa playing the role of the plucky underdogs. 

Southampton were camped out in the home-side's half for much of the match, but couldn't turn their dominance into goals because of the vast amount of Villa players behind the ball. 

It was a fortunate escape for Lambert's side and unless he starts showing more desire to win games, rather than not lose them, they could be in severe danger of ending up in the bottom-three. 

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