Aston Villa will be 'fine', insists Paul Lambert

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Paul Lambert remains adamant that his struggling side are not heading for the Championship.

Manager Paul Lambert has insisted to Sky Sports that Aston Villa will not be relegated after labelling the team’s remaining Premier League fixtures “13 cup finals”.

Villa have not won in 10 top-flight matches and dropped into the relegation zone following a hugely disappointing 2-0 defeat at fellow struggles Hull City on Tuesday night.

After their fifth-straight loss, Lambert’s side remain bottom of the division’s form table, with a section of the 1,400 travelling fans at the KC Stadium holding up a banner during the match that read: ‘Lambert Out’.

The beleaguered boss admits he’s well aware of the growing discontent among the claret and blue faithful, but is adamant that his now-18th-placed team have enough about them to fight off the drop.

"I was aware of it months ago. I try to do my best,” he said. “I've told the players, they've got 13 cup finals - that's how they have to look at it.

“You have to make sure you’re out of that bottom three. No matter what you do, you make sure you’re out the bottom.

“I still believe 100 per cent that we'll be fine. We have got good players in the dressing room who I still believe in.”

Villa’s haul of 12 league goals this season is the lowest total after 25 games in Premier League history, with the team netting just once in their past eight matches amid an 11-hour drought.

Now facing a run of fixtures against Stoke City, Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland and Swansea City through to the end of March, Lambert has challenged his players to “win ugly” in their bid to turn around their recent plight.

“Now it’s about winning ugly. This is not the time for pretty football,” he continued. “We’ve been trying to play the game in the right way but now we have to win ugly.

“Everybody’s going to have to show character now. From me right the way down. The big players can rise to it so this is a big test for them. We have to be ready for it.”

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