Paul Lambert’s was left wondering where it all went wrong on Tuesday night after his Aston Villa ‘project’ took another critical hit with defeat to Bradford in the Capital One Cup semi final, the Daily Mail report.
The Villan’s, trailing 3-1 from the first-leg at Valley Parade, were beaten 4-3 on aggregate by their League Two opponents despite managing to record a 2-1 victory on an evening of intense humiliation for everyone connected with the club.
Luckily for Lambert the calls for his head were in short supply, with supporters affording a tremendous amount of understanding given the task handed to the 43-year-old after he took up their reins from Alex McLeish in June, but couldn’t supress their anger at being easily brushed aside by fourth-tier opposition.
The former Celtic midfielder’s £23 million summer spending spree hasn’t had the desired revival effect, his young side finding it difficult to effectively knit together in such a short period – illustrated by their feeble performances against the Bantams – and find themselves battling to prolong their Premier League existence after recording just four victories in 23 games.
On Friday they travel to face Championship side Millwall in the FA Cup fourth round before hosting fellow strugglers Newcastle on home turf on Tuesday night. Two crucial games that could go a long way to defining their season and Lambert’s maiden year in the dugout.
A positive outcome in both matches could shove Lambert’s directionless side on the path to salvation. With just a point and a place standing between them and the bottom three defeat is unthinkable. Sadly for Villa that has become the norm.
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