Aston Villa need to respond after Lambert's week to forget
Paul Lambert's Aston Villa beaten by Bradford City and Millwall
It has to be said, things at Aston Villa have gone from bad to worse.
Paul Lambert’s side probably experienced one of the worst weeks in the club’s history, as they fell to humiliating defeats against lower league opposition, crashing out of the FA and Capital One Cups in the process.
The week didn’t start too badly for Aston Villa, as they entertained West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League's tea-time kick-off last weekend.
Villa raced into a two-goal lead thanks to goals from Christan Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor.
However, Villa were pegged back thanks to goals from Chris Brunt and Peter Odemwingie. The Midlands derby finished up all-square, leaving Villa sitting precariously close to the relegation zone.
On Tuesday night, Lambert's side were tasked with overturning a 3-1 deficit in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg against Bradford City.
With the game being played at home, the atmosphere was electric, Villa Park was bouncing and it was the perfect cup tie environment.
Benteke gave Aston Villa the goal that they desperately needed but in the second half, Bradford's Jason Hanson scored, heading home from a corner ten minutes into the second-half and restored the two goal lead.
Villa’s Andreas Weimann scored again on the stroke of full-time to set-up a nervous finale. However, Bradford held on to become the first League 2 team in 50 years to reach a cup final. As for Paul Lambert’s team, it was an embarrassing defeat that piled further misery onto the club's loyal supporters.
The misery for Aston Villa didn’t stop there.
On Friday Night, Villa entertained Championship side Millwall in the Fa Cup fourth round.
Again, Villa took the lead through Darren Bent but they duly surrendered the initiative.
Danny Shittu scored from yet another set-piece to expose Villa's defensive frailties once more, and in the last minute of the game, the Lions snatched victory through John Marquis' late winner.
So Paul Lambert has a very testing couple of weeks ahead of him.
Aston Villa face Newcastle United in the Premier league next, in what will be a massive game for both sides, with Alan Pardew's side struggling for form too.
For Lambert, a win is a must, and you can't help but fear that the fans will start to lose patience with the former Norwich City manager.
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