Aston Villa confidence sky-high after Lowton's rocket

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Aston Villa were handed a lifeline in their bid to survive relegation at Stoke City on Saturday as a pivotal away win came in spectacular fashion to lift Paul Lambert's men up to 16th.

Matthew Lowton scored one of the goals of the season with an unforgettable chest and volley that destroyed Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and sent the Villa fans behind the goal into raptures. 

Lowton celebrated like he'd scored the goal that kept Villa up and if the Midlands club survive then they may look back at their performance in the Potteries as the turning-point in a depressing season. 

The 23-year-old defender knows just how important the result was and speaking to Sky Sports it seems the mood of the club is transformed.

"The confidence is sky-high at the minute. The manager is buzzing in the changing rooms after games", he said.

Villa need to build on the result to have a real chance of survival and as three tough fixtures against Fulham, Manchester United and fellow relegation battlers Sunderland await, it seems now is the time to drive on and make the most of the confidence instilled in the dressing room from Saturday's result. 

"We've got huge momentum now. We've dragged people in. We've overtaken a few who are yet to play so now the pressure is on them," he added. 

Lambert's team face Fulham at Villa Park this weekend and the West Londoners away form falls short of their ability at Craven Cottage so three points gained against Martin Jol's side would well and truly get the club buzzing ahead of the most important run of games in their long history. 

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