Lambert happy with his team's resilience as they draw Man Utd.


Aston Villa boss was impressed with his team's performance at Villa Park after they drew 1-1 against Manchester United on Saturday.

The Villans took the lead in the 18th minute through a wonder strike by Christian Benteke but Manchester United hit back in the second half when Colombian striker Radamel Falcao headed home a cross from former Villa winger Ashley Young.

Despite the Villa captain, Gabby Agbonlahor, being shown a red card, Paul Lambert's team showed their resilience as they defended well and sealed a point leaving Manchester United frustrated, as the Red Devils couldn’t break down the Villa defence to secure a win.

"I thought we were excellent,” Lambert is quoted saying by the AVFC website. “I really did, considering everything that's went against us this week - seven lads out due to injury and suspension and being ineligible for the game with Tom.

"You look at our bench, it was like a kindergarten.

"Everything was going against you but the performance was absolutely terrific.

"We have changed the way we play and I think there were massive performances in there. I think they're enjoying their football which is really pleasing.

"I thought we looked great at certain times in that game with the ball.

"Christian scores an absolute world-class goal and it gives you something to hold on to.

"It was a system I asked them to play on Monday and we worked on some things Monday to Friday. They grasped it which was great.

"And we could have won it. Leo has had a brilliant shot. Charlie is inches away from putting it in."

Regarding the Agbonlahor's red card, Lambert says he will consider appealing, the Villa boss added: "If that's a red card, you may as well just pack up. It wouldn't be a game of football.

"I spoke to Brad Guzan just after the game and he tells me that Ashley Young has admitted that he fouled Gabby. So work that one out!

"I can understand Kieran Richardson getting sent off but no way that's a red card. It's a tackle where two lads have went in for the ball. My own view is that it's never a red card.

"Gabby is really down, which you expect him to be. But I said to him that there's no way that's a red card.

"I will stick up for him all day long on that. That's my own view."

Written by @Chukkymufc


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