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Lambert's focus still on league survival

ASTON VILLA manager Paul Lambert has already moved on from Monday's 6-1 hammering of Sunderland as he focuses on dragging his side to Premier League safety.

The Scot has overseen an impressive revival at Villa Park recently, having struggled in and around the bottom three for much of this season only to time a run of form almost perfectly.

Villa have taken 17 points from their last 11 games to leave them 16th in the table and five points off the relegation zone, with Monday's demolition of Paolo Di Canio's Black Cats boosting their hopes of staying up.

Lambert, though, has put the win to the back of his mind as he prepares to return to former club Norwich tomorrow.

"You let it go as soon as it's finished," he said. "We've got another three games to go and we'll try to win the next one.

"We're playing really well at the moment but the minute anyone thinks we've done it ... we'll try and avoid that."

Midlands rivals West Brom can help Villa by beating Wigan this weekend but Lambert would rather focus on his own job.

"If you start to look for others to do you a favour, then you're clutching at things," he said.