Lambert delighted with effort and quality from Villa troops
Paul Lambert had every reason to be delighted after the win at Burton with effort, application and quality on show from his side and impressive debuts for Karim El Ahmadi, Matt Lowton and Brett Holman.
Lambert said he was very pleased to start off the pre-season programme with a win as his side came from behind to see off the Brewers.
And the new boss, who was serenaded by the away contingent as they sang his name throughout, spoke of his admiration for the travelling claret and blue army.
He said: "I am delighted to win, first and foremost. I thought some of the football we played was great, especially considering it was our first game after a week's training.
"It's not easy playing any team, especially in pre-season because you're not fully into the swing of things. But I was pleased with the effort and application of the team - and some of the football.
"To win any game of football is really difficult. Credit to Burton they gave it everything they had and played well and got the lead.
"But credit to my own team. They came back strongly to win the game."
On his trio of debutants, he continued: "It was a great goal from Brett, it really was.
"I thought Matty never broke sweat. He was excellent. You wouldn't think he's just come out of League One. His performance was really pleasing. He will do great for us.
"And I thought Karim, everyone can see he's got quality in the middle of the park."
On the vociferous support, he added: "The fans were brilliant. I could see that, I could sense the passion they've got. Hopefully we can give them something back. We will certainly need them.
"Today they were excellent. The following today was great.
"It is a huge football club. I am under no illusions how big a job it is. With what's happened over the last few years we'll try to pick it up and the crowd will certainly get behind the team."
Lambert confirmed he has a trio of injury concerns with Stephen Ireland [toe], Fabian Delph [knee] and Marc Albrighton [foot] all missing the Pirelli Stadium action.
He added: "Stevie got a really bruised big toe on Thursday. That's why he missed that.
"Fabian felt his knee a little bit. I don't think it's too much.
"Marc is a little bit more difficult at the minute. He could be a little while which is a bit of a blow for us but we will have to wait and see."
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