Last Updated: Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:48
Paul Lambert insists he is up for the fight of turning around Aston Villa's fortunes despite another shock Cup exit against Millwall.
A late John Marquis header condemned Villa to a fourth-round FA Cup defeat at Championship side Millwall - and came just days after Lambert's men were beaten by League Two side Bradford over two legs in the Capital One Cup semi-final.
It had all begun well at the New Den when the recalled Darren Bent put the Midlanders ahead early on, only for Danny Shittu to equalise before Marquis' late strike knocked the Premier League strugglers out.
The pressure is undoubtedly growing on Lambert but he retains the faith of owner Randy Lerner and the Scot says he is ready for the battles ahead.
"There are two ways to deal with it, you either accept it or come out fighting and I will keep fighting because I'm brought up that way," Lambert said.
"I handle it in my own way, I've got to handle it - you are the custodian of the football club and I will try everything I can to turn it around."
He defended his players following the 2-1 defeat and they now face a huge league clash with fellow strugglers Newcastle on Tuesday.
"The lads have played a hell of a lot of games and we've not got the biggest of squads. You have to watch what you're doing," he added.
"You can't make too many changes but the Premier League is the most important thing."
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