Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool Reaction: Paul Lambert Pleased Despite Defeat

Joshua HaywardContributor IAugust 24, 2013


Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists that he was proud of the way his side played despite, suffering a second league defeat in as many games, stating that “the progress is there for everyone to see.”

Villa had to endure one of the toughest league starts of any team—with matches against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool— and completed the trio with a respectable three points.

In an interview with the BBC, Lambert admitted that he was more than happy with his side's point tally thus far: 

I am proud of the team for what they have done. I always knew it was going to be a big ask.

If someone had said, "Would you take three points from these games?" I'd have taken it with the start we had.

The visitors secured their best league start in five years, completing a second 1-0 victory in a week, following their opening day win over Stoke City at Anfield.

Daniel Sturridge, who scored the winning goal against the Potters, again came to Brendan Rodgers' rescue as he broke the deadlock after 21 minutes. The forward received Jose Enrique's pass following Philippe Coutinho's neat step-over and showed lightning-quick feet, as he danced past Antonio Luna and Ron Vlaar leaving himself only the keeper to beat.

Villa's custodian Brad Guzan raced off his line in an attempt to thwart the 23-year-old, but Sturridge showed a cool head to round the American before smashing the ball past Jores Okore and into the net.

The hosts, after being completely outplayed during the entire first half, produced a much-improved performance for the second period—firing 17 shots at the Liverpool goal throughout the match, compared to Liverpool's tally of five.

The visitors stood firm, however, with a combination of their back four as well as goalkeeper Simon Mignolet—who made two excellent saves—making sure they left with all three points.

Lambert made two changes ahead of the game due to the rigorous schedule of three games in eight days, and, in a post-match interview with Aston Villa's Paul Brown, said that he knew the previous week's exploits would have taken their toll on the team:

I knew we would have an adverse reaction after the games on Saturday and Wednesday. I knew that.

We had to hang in when Liverpool had the domination for about 30 minutes or so. I thought we started to get a second wind in the last 10-15 minutes of the first half. Then in the second half we were excellent. We gave it a go.

We have played three teams who you'd expect to be in that top group. They have given every one of them a game.

The progress is there for everyone to see. That's what I am pleased about.

We play like that for most of the season and we will have a good season.

I said to the lads that they have nothing to be ashamed or down about.