Paul Lambert reflected on the 2-2 derby draw with West Brom, insisting that Villa should have been "out of sight" after a scintillating first-half display.
Lambert was naturally frustrated by the Baggies fightback but heartened by the performance of his team in the opening 45 minutes.
He said: "I thought we were excellent in the first-half. We should have been out of sight, it should have been finished. We should have been four-up.
"That would have killed the game. The way we played in the first-half was excellent.
"In the second half West Brom came out strongly but you expect that. They are the home side.
"It was disappointing not to win the game because we should have been finished in the first-half.
"Gabby had a good chance to make it three in the second-half. But the game is never over until it's over.
"West Brom are a good side. People shouldn't forget that. They very rarely get beat here. But the first-half it should have been finished."
Lambert was particularly thrilled with the performance of Charles N'Zogbia who produced a terrific attacking display.
He added: "Charles is a real talent, a real, real talent. He goes past people as if they're not there at times.
"I would like to see him shoot more because he has the ability to do it. In the first-half he was excellent.
"He wasn't injured when I bought him off. He's back from a long lay-off so you have to watch him.
"We have games coming up. We have to protect him. We lost Fabian to an injury and Nathan too."
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