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Villa Boss: Protest will harm the players

Paul Lambert goes on the record with his views on the 8th minute protest.

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In his press conference today, Villa's main man Paul Lambert has urged fans to cancel their plans for an protest leading up the the 8th minute of the coming game against Liverpool. According to Sky Sports, Lambert has asked fans to get behind the team instead of sitting out in the concourse.

Lambert makes a few strong points in his questioning of the protest but also states that he does understand the frustration and is "frustrated himself'", stating that he "doesn't want fans to come to Villa Park and not be entertained."

Paul's main point against the protest is that even though it will affect him, it will be worse for the players who need the support of the Holte End, not it's outrage. He hammered the point home stating that he "will not quit. I will make a success of this. I'm not a person for downing tools and walking away."

The Aston Villa boss also referenced the past in defence of under-fire owner Randy Lerner - "Martin had this club buzzing at that time, vying for Europe, going great, and what's happened has happened. But I don't think you can look at the chairman and say it's one guy's fault. It's unfair. He has the club's interest at heart."