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Friday 15 December 2017

Under pressure Lambert waiting for cavalry to arrive

Paul Lambert is not losing any sleep over the collective lack of goals from his team and insists he boasts enough striking talent to turn things around.

The Aston Villa boss saw his side slip to a 2-0 reverse at QPR last night, a fifth straight Premier League defeat. That statistic alone will be galling for Villa fans but the fact they have not seen their side score a goal in nearly nine hours will be of equal concern.

A brace from QPR's own frontman Charlie Austin settled this unspectacular affair as the 25-year-old struck in either half to move Rangers off the foot of the table and take a little pressure off boss Harry Redknapp.

Having come up short against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton, with an aggregate score of 11-0, Lambert would have wanted to see Villa return to winning ways at Loftus Road.

As well as their inability to handle Austin and his strike partner Bobby Zamora, the Scot had to once again sit through an entire 90 minutes where his attacking players looked unlikely to break their duck.

But, with Christian Benteke still working his way back to fitness following a prolonged injury lay-off, Lambert believes his Belgian striker - as well as the rest of his forward line - will soon show what they are made of.

"I tend not to get them down on that,'' he said of his forward players' lack of goals.

"They will come out of the traps on Sunday (against Tottenham) and I know we are going to be alright in that department because when Benteke gets up to speed and, with (Gabriel) Agbonlahor, (Andreas) Weimann, (Charles) N'Zogbia and (Darren) Bent, there are guys there with goals in them and it will happen.

Redknapp has not exactly seen the goals pouring in but, with Austin's two, he will be pleased that he is beginning to form a strong understanding with Zamora.

"(There were) two great finishes for Charlie," he said. "I couldn't be more pleased, he is a smashing lad."

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