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Lambert keeping the faith

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert still has faith in his side's attacking prowess despite their recent barren spell in front of goal.

Villa have scored only three times in their last five matches - a run of four straight defeats halted by a 0-0 draw with Southampton at Villa Park last weekend.

They have been sucked towards the Premier League relegation zone as a result and go into Saturday's game at 13th-placed Swansea just five points above the bottom three.

But Lambert is backing his players to handle the pressure at the Liberty Stadium, stressing he retains every confidence in their ability to deliver a winning performance.

"They won't be nervous. That won't come into it," said Lambert.

"You give them the belief that they will go and win, and I know we have a goal threat. I know we have that attacking threat.

"We know we're up against a good side in Swansea but we will go with the confidence to win."

Villa have been hit by a number of injuries this term, including to top scorer Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak and Charles N'Zogbia, but Lambert was pleased with their performance against Saints.

"We have had horrendous injuries," said the Scot. "I have never moaned about that because you just have to go with the lads you've got, and I am looking forward to Saturday. It's another good game.

"But those four players - they are a major part. (Defender) Jores Okore has barely kicked a ball for us.

"We've lost Benteke. Charles has been out the whole season and Libor has a broken leg. It's a major chunk of your strike force.

"Last time we were playing a really good Southampton team. In the second half, especially, we gave as good as we got.

"It was a battling performance, which was workmanlike and contained a real desire not to get beat.

"We need to go to Swansea and have that same desire. And we will go and try to win - I will never change that philosophy."