Report: Aston Villa goalkeeper on why Paul Lambert criticism is unfair

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has told the local press that disgruntled supporters should focus their frustration on the players, not Paul Lambert.

Brad Guzan has told the Birmingham Mail that criticism of manager Paul Lambert is unfair, with the players having to shoulder more of the blame for a poor run of form.

Disgruntled supporters aired their frustration again on Saturday, with calls for Lambert to go clearly heard from the away end at the King Power Stadium.

Villa suffered a 1-0 defeat at Leicester City, with only three points taken from their last seven games.

They have also drawn four straight blanks in Premier League competition, with the target found just 11 times in 21 fixtures.

That return is considered to be unacceptable by the fans, but Guzan admits it is up to the players, not Lambert, to turn things around.

The American goalkeeper told the Birmingham Mail: ‘‘When you go through difficult times everyone has got to take their criticism.

‘‘The manager has been brilliant in defending us but we are the ones who have to score goals. He can’t go and score for us and the coaching staff can’t score for us.

“Us players have to take responsibility and I know the fans are unhappy, we hear them during the game, but they need to realise it’s a difficult moment for the players and fans but we need to stick together.

“Regardless if they are unhappy with the manager or situation, we need to stick together and work hard in training because it’s about the club.

“We are trying to score goals. We’re not purposefully going out there saying, ‘Let’s just keep the ball and forget about trying to go forward’.”

Villa can point to the fact that they still sit 13th in the top-slight standings, five points adrift of Newcastle United and the top-half.

They are, however, only three clear of the drop zone and could be dragged into trouble.

The January transfer window is open, though, and an opportunity has been presented to Lambert to strengthen in areas he feels are in need of work.

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