Gaffer's verdict: Lambert says Villa missed "pivotal chances"
Paul Lambert saw Villa go down 2-0 at Tottenham and stressed the result could have been very different had Christian Benteke finished off either of his "pivotal chances" in the second half.
With the game evenly balanced just after the break, Benteke fired straight at Hugo Lloris before seeing a header flash wide from close-range.
Lambert insisted these were game-changing opportunities for his lions.
He said: "When you come to places like this, you have to take your chances.
"Their first goal was very fortunate for them. We had two chances beforehand - the header and the shot after the pull-back which went straight at the goalkeeper.
"I said to him just then that you have to score at this level. Christian has to hit the target with his header. They were terrific chances.
"He's only a young lad and he will learn every day but at this level you have to score.
"I thought we gave a very good account of ourselves.
"But, as I said, the big moments were when we had the chance to go one-up with Christian, not just once but twice with the shot and the header. I thought they were the massive moments.
"I can't fault the effort. That was there in abundance. We pick ourselves up and go again now.
"I am disappointed to lose but some of things in the game were really pleasing.
"The great thing is the lads kept on going, even with ten men. They never capitulated.
"They kept their hunger and desire. That's a big plus. We just pick ourselves up and go again."
Lambert revealed Joe Bennett has a gash on his leg after a slide across the track pitchside.
He hopes the left-back, who excelled in the game, will be fit in time for the Fulham game.
He added: "Joe is okay. He's got a gash on his leg which needs seeing to.
"But we have the international break now so hopefully he will be back. We will have to wait and see."
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