New Delhi: Five losses in five successive Premier League games is not what Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert would have thought after a positive start in the current campaign. Monday night's kick-off against relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers, resulted in 2-0 loss for Villa. Lambert was cut a sorry figure still searching for answers to address the current slump.
The interesting part of the manner of losses has been a terrible sight for Villa. In the last five matches they haven't registered a single goal and have conceded 13 in the process. Goal-shy Villa who lie 15th in the table have given Paul Lambert a big headache in the attacking front.
With Christian Benteke's return from a big injury that saw the Belgian miss the summer World Cup in Brazil this year, it was supposed to be a boost for the club but the striker hasn't been able to show the form of the last two seasons. Lambert has admitted he needs another half a dozen of matches to get back to his usual best. Given the current situation Villa are in, that is quite a lot of time.
Also, the failure of former England striker Darren Bent has served as a problem for the Birmingham -based club. Gabriel Agbonlahor, Stephen N'zogbia and Andreas Weimann have performed in patches and Lambert will be wanting a collective performance from the talented bunch to get them started once again.
Earlier, Villa's four of the five defeats came against top quality sides such as the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton.
Villa are up against Tottenham next Sunday and another result will spell a big trouble for Lambert. Tottenham too are heading into the game after a 1-2 loss against Newcastle and it promises to be an interesting tie. Lambert's side who beat Liverpool earlier in September, have a couple of tough games in the line after hosting Tottenham. They will be up against high flying Southampton and an in-form West Ham United after that.