Lambert up for the challenge at Aston Villa

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is enjoying the challenge he has at Villa Park, and is confident of Premier League survival for the West Midlands club.

Despite sitting in a precarious 18th position in the table and dangerously drifting in and out of the relegation zone all season, Lambert believes his players have the ability to steer the club  clear of safety.

When asked whether he has a points target in mind, Lambert told Yahoo! in a press release sent to GiveMeFootball: “We don’t have a points target as such because you can never be sure how well a team is going to do.

“There are a lot of points to be played for over the next 11 games, so we’ll just have to wait and see. With the way the lads are playing at the moment I can see us picking up some really good wins.”

And Lambert will hope to put a run of results together starting tonight as Villa host second-placed Manchester City in what is being deemed as a must win game for both teams.

A win would see the Villains climb out of the relegation zone, while City need three points to try and keep runaway leaders and local-rivals Manchester United in their sights.

City beat Villa 5-0 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, a result that pushed the Villains into the relegation zone. But, Lambert is up for the task, and expects plenty more challenges along the way.

He said: “I love the challenge of it. The size of the club underlines just how big a challenge it is and I love the pressure of that.

“It is a great club to be associated with and the fans have been great, they’ve stuck with us and that has been a huge help. I hope over the next 11 games we can see the job through for them.”

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