Paul Lambert: Aston Villa boss says there is no point being negative

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says there is no point being negative in the wake of his stuttering side's record-breaking run of poor form.

Going into Saturday's home game with leaders Chelsea, 16th-placed Villa have broken an unwanted club record, not having scored in their past six Premier League matches. They have not found the net in the league since Christian Benteke scored in the 18th minute against Manchester United on 20 December - and failed with a late bid to bring in Liverpool's Rickie Lambert on deadline day.

That left Manchester City loan man Scott Sinclair as their only January signing, although they did hang onto Benteke and Ron Vlaar and tie up England midfielder Fabian Delph on a new deal - and Lambert remains positive.

"One or two things never materialised. But nothing surprises you in football," he told BBC WM.

"There's no point being negative. You've just got to keep your head up. When you start to get beat by it, it can take you deep down and I try not to be that way as a person. I know exactly how I feel inside, but that remains private."

Paul Lambert was talking to BBC WM's Rob Gurney.