QPR 1-1 Villa gaffer's verdict: Lambert happy with "huge point"
Paul Lambert praised his team for brushing aside the Harry Redknapp factor and earning a "huge point" at Loftus Road.
Lambert was pleased with the way his side performed for the first hour and the way they dug in for the final thirty minutes.
He described this encounter as "doubly-difficult" due to the bottom-placing of Rangers and also the effect of Redknapp taking charge of his new side for the first time at home.
Lambert was thrilled with the way his side coped.
He said: "I thought we were excellent in the first half and QPR came back strongly in the second half.
"I knew the effect Harry would have on them and it was a massive point for us.
"It was a good point for us, very much so. It was doubly-hard for us because of where QPR are in the league and Harry coming in and giving them a major lift. He's got that reputation for getting teams going.
"But we came here with a young team again and it was a massive point for us.
"But I thought first half we were excellent, really, really good. We were threatening but QPR came back really strong. I am delighted to get a point. It was a really, really tough game.
"The key was that we weren't playing Harry. We were playing QPR. That was the big thing. If you get caught up in that, it can overtake you.
"But we handled it really well. For the first hour or so, as I said, we were really good."
Lambert was certainly thrilled with the start, culminating in the goal from Brett Holman, his first since arriving from AZ Alkmaar.
He continued: "It was a great start. Brett has been excellent. He works really hard. It was a great goal but it was a great move too.
"We always try to pass it and I thought Ashley Westwood again in the middle of the park was outstanding."
Now he hopes his team can build on this "little run" of three games unbeaten in the league as they face Stoke next weekend.
He added: "We are in a little run at the minute. You can stretch it back to Sunderland. In fact, Swindon. I know we lost but against Man Utd we played ever so well. The Man City game was what it was.
"We were very good against Arsenal and against Reading we did really, really fine.
"Momentum is starting to gather hopefully. The lads are buoyant. Slowly but surely we're starting to get there.
"We have to keep building. It's a building process. We'll do it the best we can. I have nothing but praise for the team."
The Loftus Road encounter also saw the debut of Waterford-born 19-year-old Derrick Williams, who slotted in at left-back and was handed a rigorous encounter by the QPR forwards - one he excelled in.
Lambert had words of praise: "Young lads give you absolutely everything in their body but they can also play. That's important. I wouldn't play them if I didn't think they could do it.
"I put young Derrick Williams on. He's not kicked a ball for the first team before today but he came on and coped really, really fine. There are a lot of pluses there."
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