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Lambert pleased to have a break

by Michelle Fortune , 13 February 2013

Paul Lambert hopes the break in action will give his Aston Villa squad time to rest and recover from any knocks they have ahead of a crucial few months for the club.


A 2-1 victory over West Ham on Sunday helped Villa move out of the bottom three of the Premier League, but they still have a battle on their hands as they try to look to avoid relegation.

Their early elimination from the FA Cup means Lambert's side do not play again until the visit to Arsenal on February 23and the Scot is hoping the fortnight break helps the likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Charles N'Zogbia recover from knocks.

"We have got this breather now after what has been a hectic period," Lambert said.

"There have also been lads away with their various national teams. It will give them a break.

"It will also let people like Gabby and Charles recover from illness and injury.

"Charles has hurt his knee. He has this fortnight's break so hopefully he will be okay while Ron Vlaar also took a knock.

"There has also been a sickness bug at the club. Ashley Westwood had it during last week and Gabby and Karim had it the night before the West Ham game and on the day of the match.

"It was a blow but hopefully everyone will be okay and fit for the Arsenal game."

Villa have come in for a lot of criticism this season but Lambert has nothing but praise for his team and he wants them to keep the head up as they prepare for a relegation battle.

"They have taken a lot of knocks and a lot of criticisms but we've never let their heads go down. That's important," he added.

"We've played well in some recent games, the first half at West Brom, the second half against Newcastle, and at Everton we were excellent.

"From mid-table to the bottom, there is little in it and another eight or nine teams are doing the same as what we are doing."

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