Published On: Tue, Mar 5th, 2013

Lambert slams Villa defender

Paul Lambert was left bewildered after a mistake from Ciaran Clark led to Carlos Tevez’s deciding goal in Aston Villa‘s 1-0 home defeat to Manchester City on Monday.

The Villains squandered many clear chances to win a game in which they were highly competitive, but another defensive slip-up cost them the game.

Slip up

“I thought we played well enough in spells,” Lambert told Sky Sports.

“We had a right good go at it and had one or two half chances such as when Christian (Benteke) had one cleared off the line. We gave them a game that’s for sure but the goal was ridiculous.”

There were claims for a foul by Edin Dzeko on Clark in the build-up to the goal, but Lambert rebuffed the objections.

“I don’t think it’s a foul. I know what Ciaran is trying to do but you don’t take a chance like that when there are only two of you at the back. You can’t make that mistake.

“But Clarky has been great for me. You’ve got to hold your hand up and come back strongly. Over the course of the season he’s played to a really high standard. He’ll certainly learn from it.”

Faltering front line

The issue may not be entirely be with the defence; the Villa attack’s goal tally of 26 – only 11 of which have come at home – can only better QPR.

Lambert bemoaned wasteful finishing against the champions, but insisted that performances have been satisfactory.

“When you’re playing teams like Manchester City you have to take your chances when they do come around.

“We played well at Arsenal last week and didn’t get anything. And we were well it in here against a very good side vying for the title.

“We’ve got to compete with the teams around us and if we keep playing like that we’ll win more often than not.”

Six-pointers

The Villans, who have won just once in their last 10 games, sit in the relegation zone with ten games remaining.

Next up for Lambert’s side are two crucial matches against relegation rivals Reading and QPR, the only two sides below them.

The former Norwich boss will be desperate to ensure that an often erratic defence does not cost them vital points in potential “six-pointers”.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mikeyscrivens Mikey Cunningham

    Hardly slammed Clark did he? Stupid headline.