Lambert urges Aston Villa players to keep their cool against West Brom

With the Midlands derby often a stage for a heated game, the newly appointed manager is cautious of his charges from letting the occasion over-awe them against their rivals

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has urged his players to “play with their head” ahead of their clash against West Brom.

The Midlands derby has often been a platform for rash tackles and sending offs, and the newly appointed boss, who guided Villa to an extra-time 4-2 victory over Manchester City 4-2 in the League Cup in mid-week, is hoping for little controversy on Sunday.

“In a derby, you will do things you never thought were humanly possible to do in that 90 minutes.” he told reporters.

“The atmosphere and adrenalin gets you there.

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“You will go in for challenge and think "why did you go for it" when you've got no right to go for it.”

Aston Villa’s last Premier League outing saw them on the receiving end of a 4-1 thumping at Southampton, but Lambert is confident of a positive mindset following Wednesday’s triumph.

He continued: “The confidence will be sky high and the fans will be buoyant. That's your marker, you always judge it by what the fans think as well.

“They are right behind us at the moment and I'm pretty sure the stadium will be jam-packed which will be great.

“But the big thing for me is that is that everyone plays with their head.”