Paul Lambert working hard to make Aston Villa a success

Paul Lambert: Encouraged by the way the fans have got behind Aston Villa

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Paul Lambert is confident Aston Villa are making progress and believes the positive response of supporters will give him breathing space during what is a transitional period after a host of summer signings.

Lambert took charge over the summer after a difficult season last term, and so far Villa have again struggled for consistency.

Sunday's 1-1 draw with Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion left them with just five points from six games, but Lambert has been encouraged by the way the fans have got behind the team.

He said: "I always gauge things by the crowd and I can really sense the supporters want us to do well.

"The lads are only young and they will make mistakes like everyone else but the crowd are right behind us.

"We are slowly and surely getting there. I am not long in the door here - but we are doing everything we can to make the club a success.

"We can only do our best. The lads have been absolutely brilliant for me. I have nothing but pride in them."

Bennett delight

One of the youngsters to make the step up has been former Middlesbrough defender Joe Bennett, who impressed on his Premier League debut for Villa against the Baggies.

He said: "We've got a lot of hungry players who want to do well, who will chase the ball non-stop for 90 minutes, and show a lot of energy.

"I think we will do well this season. It's a massive club, massive fans to play in front of.

"It was a fantastic occasion for me, stepping up from Championship football to Premier League football.

"It's all new and a big step up but I'm ready for that step up.

"Going forward is my main attribute, to help the forwards and the midfielders, but my priority is to defend first."