Millwall 2 Aston Villa 1: Paul Lambert vows to keep fighting after cup exit
Millwall 2 Aston Villa 1: Paul Lambert vows to keep fighting after his side suffer their second cup exit in the space of three days
Paul Lambert insisted he will keep fighting after Aston Villa were knocked out of the FA Cup by Millwall at the Den on Friday night.
Lambert’s men suffered a shock 4-2 aggregate loss to League Two’s Bradford City in the Capital One Cup semi-final on Tuesday night, and their misery was compounded by another cup disaster.
The Premier League side appeared to have secured a fourth-round replay after Darren Bent’s first-half opener had been cancelled out by Danny Shittu’s header.
But John Marquis scored an 88th-minute winner to compound Villa to a second cup exit in the space of three days, and with the Brimingham outfit 17th in the Premier League, Lambert is coming under increasing pressure.
“There did not look to be a hangover (from the Bradford defeat),” he said.
“They have always been pretty upbeat and are not a group that go down really quickly, I don’t have the problem of lifting their spirit.
“There are two ways to deal with it, you either accept it or come out fighting and I will keep fighting because I’m brought up that way.
“I handle it in my own way, I’ve got to handle it – you are the custodian of the football club and I will try everything I can to turn it around.”
He added: “The lads have played a hell of a lot of games and we’ve not got the biggest of squads. You have to watch what you’re doing.
“You can’t make too many changes but the Premier League is the most important thing.”