Next Game

Groningen v A Villa

Saturday, 02 August 2014, 16:00

Friendly Match

Proact Stadium

Last Game

Chesterfld 3 - 1 A Villa

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 19:30

Friendly Match

Lambert: Bent has Villa future

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists striker Darren Bent has a future at the club despite leaving him out of his matchday squad once again.

Last Updated: 28/11/12 at 13:24 Post Comment

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

The England international did not even make the substitutes' bench for the 1-0 win over Reading but Lambert stressed he is still part of his plans.

"He just has to play well and train well, that's a simple one. I am not going to break something or reinvent the wheel," Lambert told Sky Sports when asked what Bent had to do to try and regain his place in the team.

"That is something that football people understand. He just has to pay well and at the end of the day, it's always my decision. I need everyone at the football club to perform and try and do well."

Christian Benteke, who has been preferred up front to Bent, scored the only goal of the game and Lambert was full of praise for the Belgium international.

"He is an absolute credit to the game of football," added Lambert. "For someone who is only 22 years of age, he has been absolutely fantastic."

There was also praise for the team as a whole, with the win over Reading coming just three days after they held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw.

"I know the effort has been absolutely fantastic," said the Scotsman. "To play Arsenal and go again on the Tuesday was a big, big effort and I am delighted with them.

"Even when you are up against the bigger teams, the onus is on the home team to try and come out of the blocks. I have got to give them a lot of credit for carrying on going."

A crowd of just 28,692 turned up at Villa Park but Lambert is convinced the fans have a role to play if they are to advance up the Premier League table.

"The crowd are absolutely vital," he said. "They have been magic since I have been at the club.

"If the crowd sticks with us, hopefully we can give them something back."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

he solution is to not feel sorry for any of Jabba, Gold or Sullivan. They're all deeply unpleasant and all deserve each other. If only West Ham would sign Barton and Suarez then no one would ever need to despise any other club.

spuzzell
The Strange Idea Of Sympathy For Big Sam

A

gree with all of this, good work. Brazil has obviously mellowed you...

jeff beck
New Striker Not Liverpool's Priority...

C

lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

hump3.
Van Gaal: 'I struggle for first three months'

Footer 365

Manchester United owners warn Louis van Gaal over Champions League

Manchester United's owners have piled pressure on new boss Louis van Gaal by stressing the financial perils of failure.

Transfer news: Patrice Evra is relishing the 'new adventure' at Juventus

Patrice Evra cannot wait to get started at Juventus after arriving in Turin on Wednesday evening.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says current squad unbalanced

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says the current squad at Old Trafford is unbalanced.

Mail Box

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

Mails Come From A Land Down Under

We have an example of league-owned clubs from Australia while Kiwi boys want more respect for refs. Plus, Van Gaal won't stick with 3-5-2 and worried if Koeman will cut it...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property