Monday, 11th February, 2013
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has saluted the club’s 2-1 win over West Ham yesterday as "huge" and promised his team know what is required from their remaining 12 games.
Goals from Christian Benteke (74th minute) and Charles N’Zogbia (78th minute) were enough to hand Lambert’s men a vital three points, with West Ham only managing a consolation when Ashley Westwood flicked the ball off his head into his own net with three minutes left to play.
Both Aston Villa’s goals came from set-pieces, with Benteke’s a penalty and N’Zogbia’s a beautifully struck free-kick.
And the three points move Aston Villa out of the Premier League relegation zone, one point ahead of Reading, who lost at Stoke on Saturday.
"I thought we deserved to win the game. It was a bit edgy when they scored but we deserved to win", Lambert told his club’s official site.
"It will be great for confidence. Everyone is willing us to do it. The crowd again were fabulous. The lads have given it a right go."
The former Norwich boss also insisted that his side know what they have to do for the remaining 12 Premier League games this season, starting at Arsenal next Saturday.
"We know what we have to do now. We have twelve games. Every match is tough. But that’s a huge win", declared Lambert.
After the trip to the Emirates Stadium, Aston Villa next host Manchester City at Villa Park before what looks a crucial trip to Reading.
Then Harry Redknapp brings his QPR side to Villa Park on 16th March.
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