After a shocking start to their season which saw Aston Villa sitting second on the table after four matches, Paul Lambert’s club has struggled to maintain their form.
Actually, “struggled” is an understatement.
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The Villans has lost five consecutive matches, falling from 2nd on the table to 15th, now only two points clear of the relegation zone. In those five matches, they have been outscored 13-0.
You read that correctly. Aston Villa have failed to score a goal in the Premier League since their 1-0 win against Liverpool on September 13th.
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Paul Lambert’s side took 10 out of 12 points to open the season, which landed the manager a four-year extension at Villa Park. A hero in August, Villa fans are now questioning if Lambert is the right man for the job. The manager said he knows he is not ‘bomb-proof,’ and just thinks the team must stick to their guns.
I never think fireproof, I never think anybody’s bomb-proof. I know football is about trying to get results. It’s got nothing to do with my contract. We’ve just not clicked.
We’ve got lots of players who can score goals. You’ve just got to stick with it and keep the belief.”
While Villa fans are clearly upset with their team’s play, consecutive games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton would be a tough stretch for any club. However, the tipping point was Villa’s disappointing 2-0 loss against a QPR side that sat at the bottom of the table.
Aston Villa’s American chairman Randy Lerner is a big supporter of Lambert, but if goals don’t come soon, a new manager may. Unfortunately for Lambert, his club faces another difficult run of matches, taking on Tottenham, West Ham and Southampton.
Lambert’s side will try to find the back of the net this Sunday as they host Spurs at 11 a.m. ET. You can watch the game online via Live Extra.