Writer: Mike Field
Date:Saturday August 17 2013
Paul Lambert will be a happy man tonight following Villa's earlier performance against Arsenal.
Nobody should get carried away or think we're instantly a much much better team than last year as we can all pick out moments and things that show we still need to improve on, but equally nobody shouldn't allow themselves to enjoy this weekend on the back of that performance and all the positives we can take from how we played, how we battled and probably the key thing from today - how our heads didn't drop when we went behind.
If anything for me, that is the best thing to take from today. The growth in confidence and understanding between the players they forged in a fair old amount of fire at the tail end of last season has been carried through, and that self belief is still there and has been built on.
That alone has put a smile on my face!
Anyway, speaking to the Official Site following the game Lambert beamed.
'I thought the win was fully deserved. I thought we grew into the game after the first 15 minutes. We conceded a poor goal but after that, I thought the counter attacking play was great and there were some big performances from our players. We were well worthy of the win.'
With very few giving us a chance in this game, let alone our opening to the season with the teams we have to face, Lambert praised the character and the quality of the squad for dealing with it today and turning it into a positive, and already proving many wrong who 'saw our fixtures (and) will have thought no points'.
'You just never know in football! We don't get the credit we deserve at times.'
Lambert continued to say that he felt Gabby was unplayable today and more importantly it was a performance that he hasn't seen him put in for a number of years as he was a real threat permanently in the game, using all of his strengths to great effect today, with the obligatory nod that if he keeps up that level of performance then Roy Hodgson has a decision to make.
Whilst obviously waxing lyrical about attacking threat today, Lambert also pointed to the two fantastic saves Guzan pulled off, and his performance throughout the game as it gave us the bedrock to build on, and the defence weren't too shabby either today I thought.
He also confirmed that Nathan Baker has injured his ankle, but a decision will be taken closer to the Chelsea match depending on how he progresses.
I'm off to toast the lads, I imagine many of you will be doing the same!
Date:Saturday August 17 2013
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