Lambert has 'great belief' in Aston Villa despite further dropped points

The Scot remains hopeful of improved displays after just one win in nine games, while Chris Hughton congratulated his Norwich side's determination to fight back and claim a point

Paul Lambert remains confident of Aston Villa’s ability to improve despite missing out on three points after a Michael Turner equaliser saw the Villan’s draw 1-1 with Norwich City.

Villa have struggled under the guidance of their new manager so far this campaign, claiming just six points from nine games, and currently find themselves two points above the relegation zone in 17th place.

However, Lambert assured fans of his determination to correct his team’s poor early season form.

He told reporters: "I’ve got belief we’ll be totally fine. I’ve got great belief in them. At the start of every game I think we can win it and I won’t change my thinking."

Villa took an early lead but were reduced to ten men soon into the second half when Tom Bennett was sent off for a second bookable offence. With Norwich continuing to pile on the pressure, Turner was gifted a simple headed finish from a Wes Hoolahan corner to claim a point for his side.

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Lambert voiced his frustration at the lax defending, but highlighted the inexperience currently rife in their back four, before praising the performance of goalkeeper Brad Guzan after a string of impressive saves to deny Norwich the win.

“We switched off at the corner. At this level, you cannot switch off,” he added.

“They were defending really strongly, we were excellent, putting our bodies on the line, to say we had one recognised centre-half.

"[Guzan] in world-class form at the moment. He’s a top goalkeeper. I think the club’s fortunate to have two world-class goalkeepers, I really do. Brad is playing really well at the minute.”

Chris Hughton, however, was grateful of the point his Norwich side gained despite having several opportunities to take all three.

"The fact that we were 1-0 down and had to get back to 1-1 is better,” Hughton said.

“It was a real opportunity for us, but you’ve also got to give Villa credit. They have to defend it and they defended it sufficiently enough in that last period.

"I’m delighted. In this Premier League points are so tough to come by, so if you’re able to perform you hope you’re able to pick up points to go with it. Four points from two games, including a game away from home, was always going to be really tough and we need to maintain that kind of form."