Last Updated: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 13:53
Paul Lambert says Aston Villa's current situation is "horrible" but insists he and the squad are confident of avoiding relegation.
Lambert's men currently find themselves rooted inside the bottom three after a run of one win in their last 11 Premier League games, with three points separating themselves from Reading in 17th place.
January was a torrid month for Villa as they not only failed to end their winless run, but were also knocked out of the FA Cup and Capital One Cup by Millwall and Bradford City respectively.
However, Lambert hopes Saturday's 3-3 draw with Everton will be the start of the Villains' recovery and has revealed a team meeting was held before the game at Goodison in order to get matters back on track.
"It is horrible," he told the Birmingham Mail. "We're in a fight and we have to drive ourselves out of it.
"We had a chat the other day and they know what they have to do. The effort they are giving is there in abundance. I believe they can do it and they do themselves.
"We spoke about things and they've been pretty positive."
Villa will need to show their fighting spirit in the coming weeks as they face Arsenal and Manchester City after Sunday's clash with West Ham.
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