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Villa 0-0 Newcastle verdict: Lambert delighted with strong start
Paul Lambert on Magpies draw.
23rd Aug 2014
Villa 0-0 Newcastle verdict: Lambert delighted with strong start


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Boss Paul Lambert watched Villa earn a creditable point against Newcastle and hailed his side's "terrific start" to the season.

Villa added a resolute 0-0 draw with the Magpies to the 1-0 victory over Stoke from the previous weekend.

Lambert felt his side deserved the point after a performance full of desire and determination.

He said the only thing missing was that "finishing touch."

Overall, he's thrilled with the early signs from 2014-15.

He said: "To pick up four points from six is a terrific start for us. The start we have been made has been really good.

"We've certainly taken the challenge on this season.

"Today, I thought we were excellent - in the first half we were excellent, all we needed was a finishing touch.

"Newcastle came down here last season and did a job on us. I don't think anyone could begrudge us getting something out of that game.

"We had chances. I couldn't ask for any more effort.

"Tactically in the first two games I think we've been spot on. The only thing missing was a goal. Fair play to them, they've been excellent.

"I couldn't fault the way we played. We were resolute, it's another clean sheet and there were some really big performances there.

"Today all we needed was a finishing touch."

Lambert may have been craving that necessary touch in the final third but he certainly couldn't grumble with the defensive display of his team, who clocked up their second successive clean sheet.

He added: "We have been tougher. That's a great testament not only to the back five but also the midfield lads who are putting one hell of a shift in.

"I thought Aly Cissokho was outstanding. Philippe Senderos has been brilliant and Alan Hutton has been outstanding.

"Alan was excellent today. I thought him and Aly were outstanding.

"Aly was that good they had to put their own Sissoko on the right side to try and stop him because he was that powerful.

"Alan was excellent the whole game. It's great for ourselves, Alan himself and Scotland too, who have a game coming up against Germany. He is in excellent form."

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