Paul Lambert looks ahead to 'must-win game'

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Aston Villa host Sunderland on Monday night in what Paul Lambert has described as a must-win game. 

Last Monday saw the Villans suffer defeat at the hands of newly crowned champions Manchester United and the Scot is desperate to pick up points at Villa Park against fellow relegation candidates Sunderland.

"We've got to win it," Lambert said. "Sunderland are going well themselves but it is an opportunity for us. We are at home. We know what we have to do and that's a good thing." 

The defeat by United left Villa three points above the drop zone with four games left, three points below Monday's opponents the Black Cats.

Despite the scoreline, Lambert saw enough positives in the second half at Old Trafford from his side and is confident they will find the net in the upcoming games. 

"When the third goal went in I was thinking this could be a long night but I could not fault the players at all for the way they kept going. We made some really good chances and the attacking players we have got are a definite threat." Lambert told BBC Sport.

The former Norwich boss is confident they will pick up enough points in the remaining games to avoid the drop, which includes a fixture against his old team on the 4th of May. 

"We are getting better and I still think so many things will happen between now and the end of the season in that little group of teams at the bottom of the table. We have got a massive game on Monday night and we have to try and win it."

Following the Sunderland game, Aston Villa face trips to Norwich City and Wigan Athletic on the final day of the season, with the visit of Chelsea sandwiched between the two.

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