Lambert proud of Aston Villa players despite defeat

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert praised the performance of his players despite going down 1-0 away to local rivals West Bromwich Albion, the Birmingham Mail has reported.

Having won their last two Premier League matches against Crystal Palace and Leicester City, the visitors began the game confidently at the Hawthorns, with Lambert’s desire for his side to play more of a passing game appearing to be coming to fruition.

However, they went down to 10 men after 22 minutes when Kieran Richardson was sent off for a lunge on Stephane Sessegnon, and Villa could not hold on despite battling hard as their former player Craig Gardner rammed the ball home after two initial West Brom efforts had been blocked.

Nevertheless, Lambert saw many reasons to be pleased with Villa’s performance. He said: “The movement in the team was really good and that’s a big compliment for the team because you wouldn’t have known we had ten men up until the 70th minute. We’re working on something new and the lads seem to enjoy it.

“We’ve only started working on it recently but the more the players do it, the more confident they feel. We are trying to play a good game of football and trying to win a game. We’re playing with a lot of confidence at the moment.”

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