Lambert prepared for 'great challenge' at Aston Villa

The former Norwich City boss joined the club in June, but after his side's second consecutive defeat he has discussed the task that lies ahead of him to turn their fortunes around

Paul Lambert has admitted that he has a lot of work on his hands to improve Aston Villa's fortunes after watching his side lose 3-1 at home to Everton.

The 43-year-old's first match in charge of his new club at Villa Park could not have got off to a worse start, as Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic gave the Toffees a convincing half-time lead.

Ciaran Clark was sent off before Karim El Ahmadi pulled one back for the hosts but the Villans could not stop themselves from slumping to a second consecutive defeat, leaving them still without a point to their name in the new Premier League season.

"It's a massive job. It's a great challenge and it's something which we'll try and turn around," he told Sky Sports after the game.

Aston Villa managed just four home wins last season, a record that Lambert would have been hoping to improve upon in his first test in front of a home crowd.

The former Norwich City boss sympathised with the supporters, but conceded that is was down to him to rectify a disappointing start.

"The disappointing thing is you could sense the crowd were wanting us to do well here today," he continued.

"We started okay and then the first two goals put his right on the back foot. Then they scored a third and we were thinking, 'you have to try to hang on here', and after you go down to ten men, you think 'it's really going to get worse'.

"You can sense it from the stands they want us to do really well but it's up to us to try and rectify that and that is my responsibility."