Aston Villa have won 3 games, in all those 3 games Lambert deserves full credit for the way he set’s up the team and the formation he chooses. In fact, Villa have won every game in which Lambert has changed the formation from the pervious game. Let me explain, against Arsenal we played a 4-3-3 formation, against Norwich a 4-4-1-1 formation and most recently against Man. City Lambert decided to play a 5-3-2 formation. We’ve lost to Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle while playing the 4-3-3 formation, that was the same formation we played for 3 games in a row.
A change of formation creates an element of surprise because all the preparation done by the opponent staff is gone to waste. You can’t predict the way Aston Villa will play, with which players and how they will be lined up. Most managers will stick to one or two formations to insure that his players don’t have to consistently adapt to new formation and styles of play. 4-2-3-1 is a very popular formation and it’s slowly getting predictable. Playing a 5-3-2 formation is surely not very predictable and I think Lambert’s tactics are the main reason why we pulled off the victory.
So in order to win games, Lambert should continue to change formations in order to give Aston Villa the best possible chance of a victory. Against Hull City I don’t want Lambert to play 5 at the back, I don’t think it would work, but it could work against the likes of Tottenham for example. Either way, each victory is just proving how much of a good manager Paul Lambert is and how important it is that we keep faith in him.