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Monday 21 April 2014

Lambert urges Villa to move on

Paul Lambert knows Villa must react to their humiliation at Chelsea

Paul Lambert has challenged his Aston Villa players to bounce back quickly from their 8-0 mauling at Chelsea when they entertain Tottenham on Boxing Day.

Villa's six-game unbeaten run in all competitions was ended in emphatic fashion as they suffered their heaviest defeat in the Barclays Premier League.

But Lambert knows Villa cannot dwell on the events of Sunday, and said: "It can happen. I've been on the end of it before and I'm pretty sure some of their lads would have been on the end of heavy defeats. But you have to bounce back and it's about how we react."

He added: "You can't dwell on it and start feeling sorry for yourselves. As a footballer, if you start feeling sorry for yourselves, there is only one place you are going to go.

"It is important that we try and bounce back very quickly. We just never turned up on Sunday and that is the harsh reality of football.

"It's a result that hurts players and fans, absolutely. I don't think anyone saw that coming.

"If you are on not on your mettle, especially at places like Chelsea, then that is what can happen."

But Lambert stressed: "You can't let one game blight what has happened of late.

"I've said all along that I never get too high when I win and I never get too low when we lose.

"We'd been in really fine form since the game at Sunderland a while back now and our only defeats in 11-12 games before Chelsea had been against the two Manchester clubs."

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