Aston Villa seemed up for the challenge against Everton over the weekend, racing into a 3-1 lead away from home and almost seeming like they were about to turn things around.
However, they let that two goal lead slip as Everton came back with two late goals and the equaliser came from a Marouane Fellaini header from a standing position, from about three yards out.
Paul Lambert is under an immense amount of pressure anyway because he is trying to keep a huge and well established club in the Premier League and he says his side are driving him mental.
“Does it drive me mental? Yes it does! Considering the way we were playing at certain times of the game against Everton - I think if we can keep going like that then we’ll win more than not, that’s for sure,” Lambert told expressandstar.com.
That’s the main point to come from the performance against Everton, the fact that there were signs of improvement.
No one would blame Lambert for giving Villa a right kick up the backsides because the club has been on a very poor run of form and no one is under more pressure than the Scot.
He is being forced to handle the side with a limited budget when he is being attacked from all angles.
He still continues to shun some of the higher profile players at the club but Villa have to maintain that high level of performance to stop him from going any greyer than he already is.
Villa are locked in the bottom three, currently 19th, and many managers have said in the past there is nothing more stressful than being locked in a relegation battle.
It’s much more likely that Lambert would have problems at the other end of the table because he clearly does not want his side to go down.
The stress of possibly being the first manager in charge of Aston Villa going down to the second tier of English football for the first time in 26 years is going to be huge.
He’s right to speak out about his frustration, he’s right to give his players a kick up the backside and he’s right to personally take it all on the chin.
He hasn’t helped himself in certain areas but there is still plenty of time for Villa to get out of trouble.
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