Norwich 1-4 Villa: Lambert relishing cup semi-finals immensely
Paul Lambert is relishing leading Villa into the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, saying the titanic two-leg tussle will be "brilliant for the club and the fans."
Lambert managed to orchestrate the victory over his former club Norwich and the boss was full of praise for his team after the remarkable 4-1 win at Carrow Road.
He said they played with "enthusiasm, passion, drive and quality" as they booked their place for the New Year clashes in the last four of the competition.
He said: "No matter who you get you're going to get a full house, home and away.
"It will be brilliant, brilliant for the club. It's had a lot of heartache for the past two years or so - or whatever the case may be - but this gives the fans something to look forward to.
"For a few weeks now we've been playing really, really well. We've come through a really hard run - the likes of Man Utd, Man City and Arsenal - that's really, really demanding.
"I think we are an easy target for people saying we're young and all that but we're playing very well, extremely well and the lads have been brilliant.
"They need a bit of help but if you can give them time and they can keep that collective spirit, with the crowd we've got, they'll drive us on. It was a huge win for us.
"I couldn't fault the lads with the way they played - with enthusiasm, passion, drive and the quality of football - that was excellent.
"All the lads deserve credit. Charles came on. We threw him in after a six week lay-off.
"The lads were absolutely brilliant, every one of them.
"There was Ashley who's been our best player over the last few weeks. We've got Bennett coming back, Vlaar coming back. We are slowly but surely getting there.
"We're doing really fine. It's another building block. I thought we were worthy winners."
Despite not wanting to single out individuals particularly, he was still keen to hail Brett Holman's cracking goal and Shay Given's amazing double save.
He added: "Brett's goal was fantastic. What a strike that was!
"With Shay, I have been in the game a long time and they are two of the best saves I have ever seen - absolute world-class. His saves were world-class."
Make sure you back the boys against Tottenham.
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