But the former Norwich boss has a simple tonic to Villa's slide into the relegation battle - beat Southampton next weekend.
"We are a million miles from where we want to be," Lambert said.
"Anyone who knows me will tell you my ambition. If you can't win a game of football it is what happens. We have to win a game of football.
"You're in that group and the only simple solution is to win the next game, that gives you the breathing space.
"We try and keep the lads upbeat and keep them at it, those are the ones who have got to go and play. I never waiver from having the belief in them to go and win a game, the effort is there in abundance."
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