Premier League: Paul Lambert says Aston Villa are not under pressure on their travels
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has refuted the suggestion his side feels the pressure of playing away from home.
Last Updated: 21/02/14 2:33pm
Lambert takes his side to Newcastle on Sunday looking to build on an impressive haul of 17 points on their travels from a total of 28 points.
Newcastle have lost their last five matches at St James' Park in all competitions, including a 3-0 derby day defeat to Sunderland a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham last time out, to leave the Scotsman feeling confident.
"I don't think there's pressure there because they've done it all year, they've picked up that amount of points away from home," he said of his side.
"It's an incredible amount of points to pick up away from home, especially in this league, it's the toughest league ever.
"To get those points away from home, they seem to have that freedom and be more relaxed for some strange reason.
"I think the expectation levels will be on Newcastle with the crowd and the club that it is.
"They've been beaten pretty heavily in their last few home games which isn't like them, because they've been pretty consistent.
"Alan's done a great job there and it'll be a tough game. But we also know that if you can get on the front foot, the crowd might become edgy."
Lambert is refusing to become over-confident though, despite Newcastle's recent poor home record, fearing they may be on the receiving end of a backlash.
"I'm not so sure it's a 'good' time to go there," he added.
"It's always a tough game there. Always. We're playing very well away from home, I think we've picked up 17 points away, which is an incredible amount.
"We know we can cause trouble there. We've got to get that crowd against them and if we can do that, then we've got a chance."
Watch Newcastle v Aston Villa this Sunday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports 1HD at 12.30pm.