Proact Stadium

Next Game

Chesterfld v A Villa

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 19:30

Friendly Match

Last Game

Houston Dynamo 0 - 1 A Villa

Sunday, 27 July 2014, 02:00

Friendly Match

Lambert delight at vital win

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was delighted with his team's 1-0 win at Sunderland and is glad to have his star men back.

Last Updated: 01/01/14 at 18:14 Post Comment

Paul Lambert: Felt Aston Villa could have scored three or four

Paul Lambert: Felt Aston Villa could have scored three or four

Gabriel Agbonlahor got the only goal of the game in the first half to end a five-game winless run, with the returning Christian Benteke and Ron Vlaar playing an important role in the victory.

"I thought we played really well and it could have been more," Lambert told Sky Sports. "Even in the first half we had some really good chances. It could have been three or four.

"We've been without a couple of big players with Benteke and Vlaar coming back. Agbonlahor has been missing at times. Delph has been missing.

"We needed those big players back. When you lose Benteke and Vlaar, that's a big chunk of your side. It's been hard. After the criticism of late, that (win) was well justified.

"We have found it hard to cope with those injuries but when we've got everybody fit we're a really good side. I'm delighted as it's a hard place to come and they're fighting for their lives.

Vlaar had to be substituted in the latter stages of the game and Lambert is hoping the Villa captain will not be missing any further matches.

"He was feeling his calf," added Lambert. "He only trained for the first time the other day but, to be fair, he put himself forward. Hopefully, it's not too bad."

With the January transfer window now open, Lambert also admitted that he is looking to bolster his squad with some experienced players.

"If we can give them a helping hand in January with a bit of experience, we'll certainly try and do something," said the Scot.

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

ted, manchester
The Insecure Gossip

H

e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

notalentjones
Benteke ignoring speculation

I

n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

FairyNuff
Shaw told to shape up

Footer 365

Premier League: Ross Barkley signs new four-year contract at Everton

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has signed a new four-year deal with the club.

Transfer News: Southampton's chairman says Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will stay

Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will not be sold, according to Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger.

Transfer News: Reported Manchester United target Arturo Vidal 'happy' to stay at Juventus

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is convinced Arturo Vidal will remain with the club for the forthcoming season.

Mail Box

Youth Development Has To Be The Future

A varied Mailbox has thoughts on transfer targets, youth development, the obsession over 3-5-2, some innovative Blackpool suggestions and why Real bought Kroos...

Don't You Worry About Southampton...

We can't help but agree with one mailboxer who tries to calm the crisis-mongers gathering around Southampton, while we have mails on Man United's squad...

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