Aston Villa have '12 cup finals' to avoid relegation, says Lambert

The Villans boss is keen for his team to not focus on their previous mistakes of the campaign, and instead focus positively on the Premier League run-in to secure survival

Paul Lambert has insisted his Aston Villa side must not regret mistakes made earlier in the season and focus all of their attention on gaining maximum points from their remaining 12 Premier League games.

The Villans’ 2-1 victory over West Ham last Sunday was their first in nine league games, but the relegation-threatened side are still just one point above the drop zone.

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But Lambert wants to concentrate on what Villa are capable of, and not the negatives, heading into the crucial final few months of the season.

Lambert told reporters: "There's no point in looking back and thinking 'we should have got points here and there'.

"We lost two-goal leads against Manchester United, West Brom and Everton. It's tough when that happens because those points could have made a major difference. But it's happened and you just have to keep going.

"From now on in it's 12 cup finals and that's the way we have to view it. We have to be ready for it and win more times than not."

The Villa squad’s average age is 23, the youngest-ever in the club’s history, and that lack of experience has been suggested as a contributing factor to their struggles this season.

But Lambert insists the players' desire will see them avoid relegation from the Premier League.

"The feeling to try to win is there," he insisted.

"When you get knocked and knocked at every opportunity... you have to take the game by the scruff of the neck and influence it.

"The last few games we have thought 'we'll have some of this'. You can't go out and play football like it's a hobby. It's your job to win. The confidence is high at the moment."