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Reading 1-2 Villa: Lambert - Baker was exceptional after own-goal
Paul Lambert hails tenacity of Nathan Baker.
10th Mar 2013
Reading 1-2 Villa: Lambert - Baker was exceptional after own-goal


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Paul Lambert hailed Nathan Baker for the way he put the own-goal behind him to produce an exceptional performance.

Baker sliced into his net midway through the first half to give Reading the lead at the Madejski Stadium.

But the centre-half-cum-left-back kept his composure to rally and defend stoutly for the remainder of the tense and tight game in Berkshire.

Lambert was thoroughly impressed with the maturity of the 21-year-old who never wavered after the mishap.

Lambert said: "There was a long way to go when Nathan scored the own goal. The only slight worry was whether Nathan would keep at it, which he did do.

"I thought he was exceptional and has been for a number of weeks now.

"We put him at left-back and I thought he was excellent.

"It was important his head never went down which it didn't.

"The own-goal wasn't nice to watch and with him being young the only slight thing that was in my head was how he would react.

"But you've got to give him so much credit. I thought he grew into the game and got better.

"I think he's been playing well for the last few weeks. He has been excellent for us.

"He's been a big, big player for us. His general play was terrific again.

"The own-goal happened but you have to give him a lot of credit. He grew into the game. He was outstanding."

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