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Aston Villa boss Lambert frustrated with Liverpool penalty award

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By Stephen Donovan

Sunday 19 January 2014

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was left disappointed on Saturday after referee Jon Moss’ decision to award Liverpool a penalty in the 2-2 draw between the sides, Sky Sports has reported.

Paul Lambert

Moss adjudged that Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan had brought down Luis Suarez, after the Uruguayan had latched on to Steven Gerrard’s long pass. Gerrard duly converted the spot-kick to salvage a point for Liverpool and deny the visitors a second successive away win.

Villa had deservedly led 2-1 at half time thanks to a fine attacking display. After missing at least two golden opportunities, they finally went in front through Andreas Weimann’s close range finish. Christian Benteke made it two when he headed into an unguarded net, but Daniel Sturridge gave Liverpool hope just before the break.

Liverpool improved after the break, and got their reward, but Lambert felt that Guzan had pulled out of the challenge on Suarez before contact could be made. He said: "I think Guzan pulled his arms away, that could be a biased view, but I don't think it is."

"I think [referee] Jon [Moss] is in a good position to see it but if you look at Guzan he pulls his arms away, and I am sure everybody will have a different opinion but my own view was I think he pulled his arms away.

"Listen, you are up against the Kop End and it can be an intimidating place. Jon's got a hard job, he has got one decision to make, but I don't think it was [a penalty]."

On his side’s overall performance, Lambert added: "I thought we were outstanding to be fair. I thought first half we should have been out of sight.

"I thought maybe we should have been three [up] at least anyway, but the way we played the game was absolutely fantastic. Terrific performance, big, big performances and I am really happy with that."

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