Dynamo 0-1 Villa verdict: Lambert thrilled with tour sign-off
Paul Lambert saw his Villa team sign-off their USA tour with a 1-0 win over Houston Dynamo and said: "Everything about this trip has been very good."
Boss Lambert has been pleased with the two wins - Houston preceded by a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas - and the fitness strides his players have made in warm-weather training.
Lambert said: "It was hard in this game because of the heat. It's very hard to play in.
"But I was delighted with them again.
"It was really, really pleasing in these conditions. It was another win - and it rounds off this mini-tour really well.
"Dallas was warm but in Houston, it's a dead heat. It was really tough. But I was really happy with the team.
"For the goal, it was a good ball in from Andi and an unlikely goalscorer in Joe. But it will have done him the world of good. He should have scored earlier with his first chance.
"Alan and Darren had efforts too and Gary had a shot which came off the post.
"Young Jack Grealish did well for us. He's got a talent. We just have to nurture him in the right way.
"And I thought Kieran Richardson was outstanding.
"I was delighted with them. It's been great. It really has. It's been a tough few days. But the lads have been excellent.
"Dallas was a great venue as was Houston. They have made us welcome. Everything on this trip has been very good."
Lambert was optimistic on the fitness of Jores Okore, Fabian Delph and Joe Cole post-match.
He revealed Okore missed the Dynamo game as a precaution with a knee injury picked up in training - but he doesn't believe it's too serious.
It was the same verdict when he was asked about Delph, who came off with a foot injury in the second half against Dynamo.
The gaffer also revealed that Joe Cole is "doing well" as he battles to overcome a thigh injury.
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