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Villa's stand-in captain has stressed that the dressing room is fully behind the under-fire manager as his team suffered yet another defeat

Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark has stressed that the Villa Park dressing room is 'definitely' behind manager Paul Lambert.

Villa have been struggling under the former Norwich City boss this season and find themselves in the relegation zone, in 18th position, having picked up just 19 points from 22 games.

However, Republic of Ireland international Clark, who has been Lambert's stand-in captain in the absence of Ron Vlaar, believes that the team will 'stick together' and begin to pick up points.

"Are the players still fully behind Lambert? Definitely," he told reporters after his side's 1-0 home defeat to Southampton on Saturday January 12.

He continued: "We'll stick together, we are a close team and we'll look forward to the next game. There are enough characters, there's definitely enough togetherness between us all.

"Over the next few weeks it's important for us to pick up some points and, if we stick together, I'm sure we'll be able to do that," concluded Clark.

Aston Villa will face West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday January 19.