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The 44-year-old believes his side were unlucky to lose against the Potters on Saturday, and is confident a performance of equal quality will see his side return to winning ways

Paul Lambert believes his Aston Villa side can have a productive Christmas if they replicate their performance against Stoke City on Saturday, despite suffering defeat.

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Villa slumped to a 2-1 loss at the Britannia Stadium that saw the Potters leapfrog Lambert's men in the Premier League table and make it three defeats on the spin.

However, Lambert was satisfied with his team's display and expects to see more of the same from his players when they face Crystal Palace on Thursday before games against Swansea City and Sunderland.

"We go again," he told the club's official website. "We have nine points to play for in a week. The games come thick and fast.

"But I feel if we do that [perform like they did with Stoke] more times than not, we will win games.

"You don't feel sorry for yourselves now. You pick yourself up.

"You have to let it go. You have to go to the next game, try to win and put a stop to it as quick as you can."

Aston Villa currently sit in 13th place in the Premier League table, six points above the relegation zone.

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