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Villa v West Ham: Lambert hails Clark after international exploits

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Villa v West Ham: Lambert hails Clark after international exploits


Paul Lambert expects Ciaran Clark to go into this weekend's game against West Ham with his confidence "sky high" after his midweek exploits for the Republic of Ireland.

Clark scored the first goal of his international career in Ireland's 2-0 win over Poland on Wednesday and Lambert believes the defender will return to club duty with a spring in his step.

The Villa boss has been impressed with the 23-year-old's performances this term and was not surprised to see him make an impact on the international scene.

"I'm pretty sure his confidence will be sky high," said Lambert.

"He played well and he played well in the last game I watched as well. Scoring will definitely help.

"He will make mistakes being a young lad. But over the course of the season he's been excellent.

"He's a young guy learning the game and has broken into the international team as well which is terrific for him.

"He will have a big career, Ciaran Clark."

Pundit Alan Hansen delivered a constructive, in-depth assessment of Clark's performance against Everton in last weekend's edition of Match of the Day.

And Lambert has told Clark it is worth taking the Liverpool legend's advice on board as he strives to become a top Barclays Premier League stopper.

"If people like Alan Hansen are talking, fine," said the manager.

"He was a world class player in his day.

"Ciaran will make mistakes because he is young but in the long run he will be better for it. He will be a top defender.

"First and foremost, Ciaran would have to take them on board himself but if people have constructive things to say, and mention your good points as well, then you take them on board."

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By @AVFCOfficial 8th February 2013
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