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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is refusing to panic after his side’s last-gasp 1-0 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday left them just four points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.
Aston Villa, who have now recorded just three wins in their last 17 matches, looked on course for a battling point against a Newcastle side that had lost their previous four home league games without registering a goal.
However, Loic Remy struck in stoppage time to take away some of the growing pressure on Magpies boss Alan Pardew, while leaving Villa in 13th place and Lambert looking over his shoulder at the scrap to avoid the dreaded drop.
However, the Scot rightly pointed out that Villa were in the bottom three at this point last season and the experience gained from their surge to finish in 15th spot should stand them in good stead for this term.
Lambert said: “We don’t panic. We just try to win the next game.
“It’s not changed my view from a couple of months ago. It is what it is. The thing for us is we are playing well, we are just not getting the breaks.
“If you are playing games and getting beaten heavily then you worry about it. I don’t have that worry. There are a lot of teams below us. We went through this last year so we know what it’s like.”
Villa’s next game sees them entertain Lambert’s former club Norwich City at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.