Lambert insists Villa capable of surprising Man City

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes they can shock Manchester City tonight.

He has taken enough encouragement from Villa's performances in recent weeks - including last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Arsenal - to believe they can at least compete against the champions.

Lambert said: "I felt there were signs of encouragement against Arsenal but then I've felt that for a few weeks without getting the results.

"That's the frustrating thing, when you play well and don't get results especially the games at Everton, West Brom and Swansea.

"When you have a two-goal lead at Everton and West Brom and you don't see it through, or concede a late equaliser as was the case at Swansea, it's frustrating.

"If you had taken maximum points from those games, then you'd be sitting mid-table and, against Arsenal, we should have had at least a point."

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