We'll be fine! Lambert admits Villa feeling negative after another rout but believes in his side
20:36 GMT, 29 December 2012
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was downcast after watching his side beaten 3-0 at home by fellow strugglers Wigan but still said his team would be 'fine'.
Since winning 3-1 at Liverpool on December 15, Villa have suffered three heavy defeats in a row, conceding a total of 15 goals and failing to score once themselves.
Only a last-minute Stoke equaliser against Southampton kept Villa out of the relegation places and Lambert said: 'The last three results have certainly hurt us.
Struggle: Paul Lambert cannot seem to get Villa firing
'Everyone was positive after the Liverpool win but there is now a negativity after these three defeats.
'I understand that feeling but I have a belief that Aston Villa will be fine. The big disappointment is that there are a lot of experienced players out of the team.
'Andreas Weimann had to play at the last minute against Wigan despite having a leg injury. Once we get everyone back in January we will have to wait and see what happens.
'We had a decent spell in the first half when we looked like ourselves. We had a couple of half chances but in the second half there was no creativity. That was hard to take for sure.
'I will speak to the chairman to see what is happening in regard to bringing in some new players.
'I always knew it was going to be a massive job at Villa. It is a massive football club with a great tradition.
'This club has been in a survival battle for the last couple of years.
'The forthcoming Capital One Cup semi-final is not something that I have not really thought about to be honest. The bread and butter is the league. It always is. We are in a fight but so are the other teams.'
Despite their dire situation, Lambert paid tribute to the Villa fans.
He said: 'Since I've been here the fans have been brilliant with myself and the team.
Dejection: Villa's players seem to have lost heart in recent matches as games slipped away from them
'I never criticise the crowd here at Villa Park because they are behind the team. All we can do is our very best for the club. The fans have been brilliant and have gone away as hurt as we are. We have to stick together.
'I've been beaten up badly both as a player and as a manager. It happens. It was disappointing to lose to Wigan as it was an opportunity to climb the table.
'Spurs and Chelsea are fine teams but Wigan was an opportunity to pull away, especially at home. That is the disappointment. To be turned over 3-0 at home certainly hurts everyone.'
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was in an upbeat mood after goals from Ivan Ramis, Emmerson Boyce and Arouna Kone gave his side a comfortable win.
He said: 'It was a really tense game before it started as both Villa and ourselves are in a similar position. We tried to play in the right way and the result was very important.
'In terms of the performance I thought it was similar to that we showed against Everton and Arsenal in the last two games.
'We were very clinical in both boxes and defended well, keeping (Christian) Benteke quiet. He is a footballer who can make a difference at this level. We covered this threat really well and had very good concentration.
Off-colour: In the past few games Christian Benteke has not been at his best
'At the other end I thought we had even more opportunities to score in the closing stages. The players applied themselves in a great manner to get the result.
'This season I thought we started very brightly but then had a few difficult moments, particularly in November and December when we have had to cope with a lot of injuries and suspensions.
'This has been tough not to get the rewards on the pitch and its put a lot of pressure on the players.
'Not many foreign players can come into this league and cope with the physical side of the game.
'The know-how is important and the likes of Kone and Ramis are good examples how they have adapted. Being able to play in Germany and Spain has helped them a great deal.
'I was really impressed with Kone and I think he could have scored another couple of goals. But it will have boosted his confidence.
'Unfortunately we are losing players to the African tournament and other managers will tell you how difficult it is to lose important players at such a crucial stage of the season. I am sure that other players will come in and take the opportunity to shine.'