Villa Park

Next Game

A Villa v Southampton

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Selhurst Park

Last Game

C Palace 1 - 0 A Villa

Saturday, 12 April 2014, 15:07

Barclays Prem

Lambert hails 'colossal' Guzan

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has hailed the form of Brad Guzan and insists he would not swap him for any other goalkeeper.

Last Updated: 11/03/13 at 11:40 Post Comment   

Paul Lambert congratulates Brad Guzan after Aston Villa's 2-1 win at Reading

Paul Lambert congratulates Brad Guzan after Aston Villa's 2-1 win at Reading

Lambert made a controversial call at the start of the season when he selected the United States international as his number one at the expense of Shay Given.

But Lambert believes that having Given waiting in the wings has been a key factor in Guzan's consistent performances.

"I think Brad this season has been exceptional (in the Premier League) and I know Shay Given was terrific for us in the cup competitions," said Lambert.

"It's been a big call because there's nothing in it. The two of them are top class goalkeepers.

"Guzan, at this minute and since the start of the season, has been fantastic for us.

"From my own point of view he's been absolutely colossal for the football club. I wouldn't swap him.

"But you've also got to give Shay a lot of credit for what he's done and the way he's kept him in the number one spot really.

"I think some of it (Guzan's form) is down to the fact Shay is pushing him as well.

"He's made some massive saves for us in big moments and he's been a credit to the club. To have a good goalkeeper is vital and fortunately this club has got two top goalkeepers."

Meanwhile, Lambert praised Nathan Baker after he put his own goal against Reading behind him to produce a fine performance.

"You've got to give him so much credit. I thought he grew into the game and got better," said Lambert.

Lambert took the big decision to leave out play-maker Charles N'Zogbia and replace him with Barry Bannan for the weekend win at the Madejski Stadium.

He said: "I spoke to Charles the day before the game and explained the situation.

"He's been excellent for us, he really has, but I just thought it was going to be a different type of game from the last two and Barry did well."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Copa del Rey: Real Madrid beat arch-rivals Barcelona to win the cup final 2-1

Gareth Bale's brilliant goal five-minutes from time gave Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.

DFB Pokal: Bayern Munich reach final after 5-1 win over Kaiserslautern

Bayern Munich are on course for the domestic double after they beat Kaiserslautern 5-1 to reach the DFB Pokal final.

Premier League: Manchester City come from behind to draw 2-2 with Sunderland

Manchester City were forced to come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium.

Mail Box

Fatigue No Excuse For Giroud Being Cr*p

We have a long mail on why Giroud isn't very good at all, plus some more thoughts on neutrality. Plus, who do you want out of you club this summer and Liverpool moving buses...

Will Liverpool Cope With Parked Buses?

That's the real problem they're going to face next year, says one Man United fan who's already looking forward to the end of this campaign. Plus, thoughts on neutrality...

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