Press Room: Villa boss Lambert braced for relegation battle

Posted on Feb 10 2015 - 10:54pm by Staff Writer

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has admitted that his side are in a relegation battle, after losing 2-0 to Hull City on Tuesday evening.

Goals from Nikica Jelavic and Dame N’Doye handed Villa another defeat which sees them drop into the relegation zone and firmly put the pressure on manager Lambert.

And, the Scottish boss has spoken of the defeat and admitted that he is braced for a relegation scrap.

Lambert told BBC Sport: “I was aware of it [the banner] months ago. I try to do my best. It’s a great football club with a massive fanbase and they want to see their team doing well. We’ve got to keep battling away and keep our heads up. We’re certainly in a fight. You have to keep going and keep being positive.

“There’s a fight, the lads know it. There’s a lot of football to be played.”

Meanwhile, Hull boss Steve Bruce has spoken of his side’s win and said that his players are full of confidence ahead of their weekend clash.

“We took a bit of confidence from the weekend. It was nice to beat a team that was in and around us,” said Bruce, according to BBC Sport.

“Psychologically it’s good for everybody. That was more like what I’ve been used to seeing for the last two and a half years. We’ve given ourselves as good chance.”