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Lambert rules out spending

Paul Lambert insists making new signings during the January transfer window is not a priority, despite admitting his Aston Villa side are now in an "absolute fight" to stay in the Premier League.

Villa fell to within a point of the relegation zone after fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic inflicted their third consecutive defeat with a comfortable 3-0 win at Villa Park.

The Midlands side conceded 15 times in those three matches and confidence has consequently drained from Lambert's beleaguered young team.

However, when asked if he would prioritise investment in his squad in January, he told Sky Sports: "No. The main thing is to digest what has happened here at the minute and we will see what happens.

"You have got to try and lift the players. We have got a lot of players out and I'm not so sure some are going to come back [soon]. It's a tough time. You have to hang in.

"If we didn't know we were in an absolute fight, [we do now]. We are certainly in one, that's for sure."

Lambert refused to divulge what he said to his players after the Wigan defeat, but insisted that he was solely to blame for the club's poor run.

"It is private what I said [after the final whistle]," he added. "I can't fault the lads for effort. It is my responsibility. I am the manager so I take responsibility."