Lambert: Villa can test "nervy" Newcastle

Paul Lambert hopes to heap the pressure on Newcastle and capitalise on their recent home woes by sustaining Aston Villa's impressive away form this weekend.

Paul Lambert of Aston Villa congratulates his play

Alan Pardew's side have not won at home since Boxing Day and have conceded nine in their last three on Tyneside without reply.

Villa meanwhile have collected 17 of their 28 points on the road and seem to relish playing away from home more than at Villa Park.

Lambert hopes he can take advantage of those statistics when the two sides clash on Sunday.

"I think the expectation levels will be on Newcastle with the crowd and the club that it is," he said.

"They've been beaten pretty heavily in their last few home games which isn't like them, because they've been pretty consistent.

"Alan's done a great job there and it'll be a tough game. But we also know that if you can get on the front foot the crowd might become edgy."

He added: "I think any club with a big fanbase, especially at home, they come expecting you to win and if things go against you you can hear the grumblings and the moans and such.

"But you've got to be a big enough player to take the ball in any situation. You can never be frightened by it. It's something you have to be able to live with and be able to handle that pressure.

"Sometimes it can get to you. Some players can handle it but if it gets to you, it becomes tough."

The Villa chief knows that it could work both ways, though, and that they could suffer a backlash.

"I'm not so sure it's a 'good' time to go there," he said.

"It's always a tough game there. Always. We're playing very well away from home, I think we've picked up 17 points away, which is an incredible amount.

"We know we can cause trouble there. We've got to get that crowd against them and if we can do that then we've got a chance."

Villa's spirits have been lifted by their performance in the recent goalless draw at Cardiff in their last outing.

"The Cardiff game was really good for us, especially that second half when we should have won it," said Lambert.

"The lads never get up or down (about form), they're pretty even on that side of it. We're ready to go on Sunday and go to try to win."


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