Paul Lambert Stats
‘The worst in the club’s league history’ is a phrase that is fast becoming synonymous with Villa boss Paul Lambert. As we mentioned in Five Reason to be Cheerful, Lambert in his first season oversaw Villa’s worse start to a season in 54 years, before equally the record of most home defeats in a season with nine. The next season, Lambert went one better and chalked up 10 home defeats, an all time record in Villa history. Certainly I’ve never experienced such a lacklustre spell in over three decades of supporting Villa, but it’s the younger Villans I feel for the most.
With Lambert, whether you’re a long-suffering season ticket holder or a lover of stats (and facts), the current Villa boss has been the stuff of nightmares for a Villa fan. We cut him slack after slack, yet he seems to keep testing our threshold for pain, more and more. How much more can we take?
Just look at these attacking stats from the season so far…
It’s remarkable. Southampton have already scored five times the amount of goals as Villa have done and some pundits were tipping the Saints to go down this season, after such an overhaul of personnel. That’s right, Ronald Koeman has successfully done in a matter of weeks, what Lambert is taking years trying to do with little success.
Villa are now over eight hours without a goal…531 minutes to be precise. 18 shots on target in 9 games and the opposition has outscored Villa 13 – 0.
Villa have also only scored in three out of ten games this season. They even failed to net at home to Leyton Orient. It means that Villa fans have been paying at around £100 per goal this season, so far.
An even wilder statistic is that 16 managers have left their job in the English leagues since Villa last scored a goal.
Errr, it could get worse…
If Villa fail to net in their next two games, at home to Spurs (who they didn’t score against in three games last season) and away at the high-flying West Ham, it will be over two months since Villa scored a goal.
As a result, Villa will more than likely then be in the relegation zone after those games, as we approach the Christmas period (aka Ron Vlaar’s holiday). Then, we’ll all be talking about the Burnley away fixture, as a ‘must win’ game.
Imagine if Villa returned the same score at Turf Moor, as they did at Loftus Road… The strength of Lambert’s new four-year contract would soon be tested.
Speaking of which, since Paul Lambert signed a new contract, Villa have played five, lost five and not scored a goal.
Surely things can’t get any worse?
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