Villa fans now even less confident in Lambert than they were at the start of the season

FourFourTwo and Forza Football have surveyed 200,000 fans of Premier League clubs to gauge their confidence in their team's manager, players and chairman/owner. Here, Nick Harper picks through the findings to see how Aston Villa fans' mood has changed over the season...

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Having endured a mainly wretched season in 2013/14, the Aston Villa faithful approached this new campaign with an understandable amount of cynical dread. Confidence in the squad sat at a Premier League low of 45%, while confidence in Paul Lambert stood at an only slightly less risible 47%.

Confidence in the owner, Carry On character Randy Lerner, sat even lower – a Premier League low of 24%, largely on account of him making clear that he’d had enough and was selling up.

In the aftermath of Villa’s 1-0 win at Anfield in mid-September, an air of unlikely optimism swept through Villa Park – confidence in Lambert rose to 69% and in his squad to 72% – even Randy Lerner clambered as high as 41%. But it couldn’t last, and it didn’t last.

Villa’s slow slide south since then has seen Paul Lambert drop to 36% and Lerner to a hammer-down-the-doors-and-have-his-head-on-a-stick 22%. Yet despite hovering right above the relegation places, the squad has bucked this trend, seeing their stock rise to 49%, five percent higher than at the start of the season.