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Stoke 1-3 Villa: Lambert - Lowton goal was unbelievable

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Stoke 1-3 Villa: Lambert - Lowton goal was unbelievable


Paul Lambert hailed Matt Lowton's stunning, decisive strike, insisting: "You won't see a better goal in Europe this weekend."

Villa were one up early on through Gabby Agbonlahor but, after dominating for long spells, Lambert's men were pegged back when Stoke conjured up a late second-half equaliser.

But up stepped Lowton with a wondergoal which flew past the otherwise impressive Asmir Begovic and gave the claret and blues the impetus to go on and claim the victory,

Christian Benteke completed the scoring late on.

Lambert was in good spirits after the 3-1 victory because of the tonic of three points.

But he was also mightily proud of the way his side came roaring back at the death.

He said: "I thought it was deserved. I thought we were outstanding right from the off. We were terrific.

"We got the goal - well deserved - and the keeper has kept them in it in the first half.

"I thought we defended really strongly against a good side at set-pieces. Football-wise, I thought we were excellent.

"We looked terrific in certain parts of the game, the majority of the game I thought we were outstanding.

"We scored three good goals, especially the strike from Matty Lowton.

"I don't think you will see a better goal in the whole of Europe, let alone Britain. It was a world-class finish.

"He has just come from Sheffield United this season and not missed a minute of the games. That was one unbelievable finish.

"He scored an unbelievable goal against Swansea but that? I thought the chest control and volley was outstanding.

"I was a little bit concerned we weren't more ahead at half-time considering the dominance we had of the ball and the chances we had.

"But that's what can happen if you don't take your chances at this level.

"But every time we went forward we looked a threat.

"We could have been two-up just after the restart when the goalkeeper had made another outstanding save.

"But the second goal - I don't think you will see a better goal in Europe. The second goal took the wind out of the sails.

"I have real belief in the lads. We had a goal threat. Gabby was outstanding and then there was Weimann and Benteke too as well as Charles and Darren when they came on.

"Christian scored the third. He doesn't miss at the minute.

"I am proud of them, really, really proud of them. I am proud of them because at 1-1 the crowd got going.

"It was right against us but we weathered that and came back strongly. I am proud of the way they kept going.

"Our crowd was unbelievable today. Everyone is right behind us. We are playing really well at this moment in time."

Lambert admits Villa have the wind in their sails now heading into the final six games of the campaign.

He continued: "They are playing really well but they have been since the turn of the year without sometimes getting the results.

"There have been games we have been two-up in and we've managed to draw them after being pegged back.

"We are playing well and there's a lot of momentum there, a lot of really good footballers and collectively they are doing fantastic."

Lambert revealed Agbonlahor was taken off with a thigh injury.

But he's hopeful the problem isn't too serious.

He added: "Gabby was outstanding. He hurt his thigh a little bit but hopefully he will be okay."

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By @AVFCOfficial 6th April 2013
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