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Gaffer's verdict: Frustrated Lambert - We deserved something

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Gaffer's verdict: Frustrated Lambert - We deserved something


Paul Lambert spoke of his frustration following the defeat to Stoke, insisting: "I don't think we deserved to lose that game."

Lambert watched on as Charlie Adam gave the Potters the lead before Libor Kozak benefitted from a mistake to slot home the equaliser.

But former Villa striker Peter Crouch was on hand to earn the victory at the Britannia Stadium for the home side.

Lambert was pleased with the effort and quality in the first half, as Villa enjoyed the advantage of a prevailing wind.

And the boss also felt his team created several opportunities after the break as they endeavoured into the typically-strong breeze.

Asked if Villa did enough to get something, he said: "I thought so. I really did. I thought we were worthy of a point from it.

"I thought we were excellent in the first half. I thought we dominated the first half and looked threatening.

"Even in the second half we had chances. The goalkeeper made a good save from Libor. It was a close game.

"We thought when we got to 1-1 we might have gone on. We looked as if we could go on and sneak it. Sometimes you get it. Sometimes you don't.

"The last two games we have been disappointing but in this one I couldn't fault them for their effort and the way they played. We might have got an equaliser.

"The wind was very strong out there. The conditions were hard for both teams. We had it in the first half. Stoke had it in the second half.

"There was some good play from both sides. But I don't think we deserved to really lose the game."

Lambert also gave his verdict on the contentious moment when Marc Wilson could have been given his marching orders in the first half, as he upended Andi Weimann as the last man, only to see yellow.

The manager added: "I had a word with the referee and just asked his opinion of it.

"His verdict was that the keeper had the ball safely in his hands.

"Andi has got there first. But you have to respect the decisions. Sometimes you get them. Sometimes you don't.

"He interprets how he interprets it. You have to go with his decision."

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By @AVFCOfficial 21st December 2013
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