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Draw Was The Least We Deserved

Paul Lambert has said it was very harsh for us to go one nil behind against the Baggies today, but he was delighted with the crowd and the players over the 90 minutes.

Speaking to the Official Site after the 1-1 derby draw, Lambert was clearly pleased overall with our efforts:

'I think it was harsh going behind especially after the first half. The goalkeeper has made two world class saves and when you go behind, it puts you on the back foot. I thought the response was great and the crowd were unbelievable in the way they kept with it. I am proud of them. They have been absolutely brilliant for me, I have nothing but pride in them. That's the sign of something when you go a goal down and get a bit of a knock against you and you keep on. It's a great trait, as long as you never wilt. You might get beat but as long as you keep going!'

Speaking more specifically about the fans, Lambert added:

'This football club has been hurt for the past few years and we've come in to try and rectify it really quickly. I can sense the supporters want us to do well, they were relentless, they kept on going. I have nothing but admiration for everybody.'

As for the Benty substitution, Lambert cracked that it was a 'world class substitution' from him:

'Darren has nothing to prove to me. I know what he can do and the goalscoring record he has. But as I've said before, I need everybody, it's a hard league and we are going to have to use everybody. The goal was brilliant, it was a world class finish.'

Elsewhere in the media the obvious 'is there a problem' question has been raised, and although not covered on the OS yet, Lambert also told the wider press:

'No, there's no problem. He was fine at full time, I spoke to him in the dressing room as well. He was totally fine, no problem, none. Everybody is as important as anyone else.'

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Sunday September 30 2012
Time: 8:31PM


Radio WM had a downer on Lambert for dropping Bent, coming out with stupid comments like "if he had played from the start it was a cast iron fact......" and "lambert made mistake by picking Benteke over Bent".

Benteke could have scored a few and on his day he might have done, Bent could have scored another but missed. If you ask me its exiting that we can have a threat, be it Bent, Benteke, Gabby or Weiman on the Bench.

I also agree with rotation, and if you are giving 100% (cos Rooney you cant give 110%!) week in week out twice a week then you are going to get injured / knackered. Who's to say Bent would have scored if he had been on from the start, could have been injured after 5 minutes. "Cast iron fact" - idiots.

Well done Villa boys, not quite the 3:1 I predicted but effort and skill was shown.
30/09/2012 23:00:00
Really happy with the way we battled back. Well done lads and well done PL for rotating the squad!!
30/09/2012 23:25:00
I'm pleased at the way we came back too, but I still feel we are too lightweight.....
Pride of Lions
01/10/2012 01:07:00
Well said RiF, completely agree mate. I picked 3-1 too but just wasn't to be today, we will get there though because I totally believe in PL and his methods. UTV
01/10/2012 01:12:00
Fair result. Bent from the bench is ideal. He is more of a solskjaer type finisher anyway. Benteke misses enough chances but he's creating them too so he'd have nothing to miss if he didn't. Not like a derby game and fairly dull to watch but things are definitely getting better.
01/10/2012 10:21:00
They have to wind it up to get the callers though RiF... they are actually fairly good at their jobs these pundits on the radio at getting callers bloods boiling enough to phone in! I must admit, I'd not have dropped Bent though, did you hear the one caller saying all Bent does is score tap ins? Did he not understand that is exactly the sort of poacher we have been desperate with for years!? Oh and the one who rang up and slagged off fans for not going to the game and then admitted he watched it on the tv himself! LOL
The Fear
01/10/2012 10:27:00
Hopefully we can build Pride of Lions and then buy in Jan, buy next summer (when some big wages leave) but agree, as much as I enjoyed the game, we are light.
The Fear
01/10/2012 10:28:00
The Fear -- A couple of responsed to comments you've made on here and another thread. Villa have started badly, true, but so have other teams. Liverpool had their worst start in over a century. Southampton started badly and Swansea started well but are fading. Everton are doing well but their manager has been building towards this for years. It will take as long as it takes for Lambert to get Villa back to the big time. And he will do just that. The club are unlikely to get relegated.This season will be about consolidation and team building.
01/10/2012 11:34:00
As for Darren Bent, he is a quality poacher and has done a lot for the club. In terms of the long term big picture though he isn't the type of player the club should be looking at. The 'poacher' is dead in modern football. Barcelona and Spain are playing 5-5-0 or 4-6-0. In other words without a striker. OK, most teams haven't got the quality at those sides at their disposal and play with a striker/strikers or focal point. Those strikers are multi-functional though. Villa aren't good enough -- yet -- to be experimenting wth these new fangled systems and Bent (and his 'tap ins') will continue to be an asset and big player at Villa. However, in time he will probably be marginalized and it's unlikely he will be replaced by a similar type of striker. Why not? They barely exist anymore. Bent is one of the last of a dying breed. Lambert will probably move towards possession football and use multi-functional strikers. In the meantime though, DB9 is still a Villa player and deserves our gratitude and support.
01/10/2012 11:46:00
Exactly my thoughts VillaWillRiseAgain, so not sure why I've been pulled up about it! :o) We are in transition, we do however have to look after the here and now as well. I'm not over bothered by the stats for other teams, just ours, it is the worst start and they do have to start converting. Of course it is going to take Lambert a long while to get us to what we want, again, no argument at all from me, it is exactly what I've said all summer/start of the season. However, again, we have to look at the here and now and discuss don't we? He'll get all the time he needs, even if we went down I'd have faith in him long term. Season is going to be a rollercoaster.
The Fear
01/10/2012 14:54:00
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