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Lambert insists Villa's goal drought will end soon

Aston Villa will soon end an embarrassing goal drought that has now lasted for five games, all defeats, their manager Paul Lambert said.

When Gabriel Agbonlahor scored what turned out to be the winning goal after nine minutes at Liverpool on September 13, Villa could not have imagined they would reach November without another goal.

That run has now lasted almost nine hours and with a total of four from nine games, Lambert's team are the lowest scorers in the Premier League, slipping from second place to the bottom six. "Not scoring goals has hurt us, but it will come," he told a news conference ahead of tomorrow's visit from Tottenham Hotspur.

"You have to pull together and you'll definitely come through it. There's a huge expectancy level here.

"We played the top five (teams) from last season in succession and mentally playing against them is really hard."

If goals do not come, Lambert admits his position could be called into question, despite having signed a new four-year contract only last month.

"I never think anybody's bomb-proof," he said. "I know football is about trying to get results."

Alan Hutton is out for Villa until after the international break and is a major doubt for Scotland's clash with Ireland.

The right-back sprained his ankle in training and missed Villa's 2-0 defeat at QPR on Monday - their fifth straight defeat. He will definitely sit out tomorrow's visit of former club Tottenham.

And Villa boss Paul Lambert admits he could still be sidelined for Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland and friendly against England next month.

"The Scotland game will be touch and go, I know we've got a fortnight roughly to go but it depends how quick a healer he is," said Lambert, who also could be without Philippe Senderos (thigh) on Sunday. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, will have to decide on whether to hand Harry Kane his first Premier League start at Aston Villa.

Kane pushed his claims for selection after scorimg his eighth goal of the season in the Capital One Cup win over Brighton - in which Pochettino made 10 changes. The likes of Hugo Lloris, Younes Kaboul, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Emmanuel Adebayor are likely to return to the team but Nabil Bentaleb (ankle) and Kyle Walker (pelvis) are still missing.


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