With Fulham failing to register a notable shot on target, yet still managing to get a point, Paul Lambert was still taking the positive approach of seeing it as a point gained in Villa’s relegation fight. The average Aston Villa fan may have questioned his substitutions in the game, but they can’t fault his glass half full outlook. UTV
1. Take away the two key moments where he cost us the win, Fabian Delph had a promising game. I know it’s the mistakes that count, but he’s starting to look like the player we hoped we brought. His attitude is spot on. He’ll learn from the Fulham game and get better.
2. We’re in proper form. Last five games W 3 D 1 L 1. It’s what you want when you’re in a relegation battle. If the next five games mirror the results of the last five, Villa are sorted. Also, from being pretty much the worst Premiership team in terms of results of 2012, distinct progress has been made in 2013.
3. Charles N’Zogbia was probably the brightest spark going forward in the team against Fulham (I wish he’d play with his head up more though). Nice goal. Villa certainly need him to turn up at the relegation party. He’s another useful attacking weapon that can make the difference. Who’s next to step up? Darren Bent?
4. Villa vs Sunderland, Norwich vs Villa and Wigan vs Villa – three pressure cooker games, but we’ll have the power of our supporters. Sunderland is home (shame it’s a Monday), and our away support should be able to take over small grounds like Norwich (already done it once this year) and Wigan.
5. Stoke City
PS – And Fulham boss Martin Jol, when asked about Villa, was quoted as saying, ‘The future is theirs’.
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