Lambert urges Aston Villa stars to ‘take the hit’

Paul Lambert, Aston VillaAston Villa’s players must be willing to take some pain as they look to help the club avoid relegation, according to Paul Lambert.

The Villa boss has singled Nathan Baker out for special praise as the young defender has been willing to put his own body on the line in order to help the side secure the necessary points required to stay in the Premier League this season.

And Lambert has urged the rest of his players not to shy away from taking some pain if it means Villa will build on their current run of three wins in four games which has lifted the side two points above the Premier League’s bottom three.

Speaking in the build up to Saturday’s visit of Fulham, he told the Express & Star: “There will be times where you have to put your head in and take the hit. I think that’s part of the game.

“It’s very rare in football that you can go through a game and not get hit somewhere or get a cut or anything like that.

“If you can go throughout your career without that then you’re doing all right.

“Nathan Baker goes in for things and you think, I don’t know if he should go for that, and he’s at the point where he can’t stop.

“You can’t question his bravery that. You expect people to be strong, but I’d like people to play the game the right way.”

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