Date: 3rd August 2014 at 8:18am
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Paul Lambert has insisted that the pre-season friendlies only matter for fitness and the results are irrelevant.

Villa, following the Chesterfield 3-1 Aston Villa match last week, lost 4-1 at FC Groningen yesterday.

Lambert says “I can`t believe I`m still in this job”… whoops, sorry… my mistake, that was me thinking that…

The Villa boss actually said: ‘The result wasn’t the most important thing. It’s about getting fitness levels. The result is irrelevant. We are still some weeks away from our first game. These matches don’t matter results-wise. I have said that from the beginning. The fitness levels are the most important thing.”

Yup, three times ‘the results don`t matter`.

He goes on to explain Groningen are a good team and ahead of them in fitness (they were beaten by Aberdeen the other week) and promises Villa will be ready v Stoke.

I suppose I could say results have never really mattered for this particular manager but best not?!?!?

I do agree that pre-season is all about fitness, however it should also be about confidence building one would suspect and these sort of losses can`t help that. However, it isn`t the time to panic, it is about fitness. Fitness is all that matters at this stage.

Yup, I can say things three times as well! I actually do mean it this time though! Get fit, get ready and woe betide him any excuses come the new season v the teams we can compete against (ie I`ve not got unrealistic expectations thanks to the shambles Randy Lerner has presided over)

The team fielded was: Given, Baker (Herd 73), Clark (Stevens), Weimann (N’Zogbia 69), Agbonlahor (Grealish 73), Westwood (Gardner 73), Delph (El Ahmadi 69), Richardson, Bent (Bacuna 69), Hutton, Senderos (Okore 69).

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