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Lambert happy with aggressive Benteke

13 May 2013 16:35

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert will not talk to Christian Benteke about toning down his aggressive approach.

Benteke – who has scored 19 goals in his first Premier

League season for Villa, playing a vital role in the club's push for survival –

was sent off for receiving two yellow cards in Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to

Chelsea.

The 22-year-old was initially booked for an elbow on Cesar Azpilicueta

before a high foot saw him given his marching orders after 58 minutes, with Villa

still leading 1-0, thanks to the Belgian's first-half goal.

And although Benteke's red card largely contributed to

his side's defeat, which still has them in relegation danger, Lambert defended his striker, who has picked up 13 cards in 39 matches this season.

"I think he's only had about four cards all season.

You can't call him undisciplined," Lambert told the club's official

website.

"He's gone for things that I think he's quite

entitled for in the general game. I won't curtail him. He takes some hard hits

himself.

"He's not a shrinking violet, that's for sure. You take that away from

really good players, you'd lose a bit of them.

"He's only a young lad and he's learning his trade

really. He's 22. He's just starting on the football ladder.

"But he's been terrific for us. You see the

adulation the crowd give him. He's been a big player for us. He's scored

twenty-three goals which is a big chunk.

"He was like everyone in the dressing room after the

game. Everyone was down about the result. But he's given us everything. He's

looking at the ball with that second one."

Lambert acknowledged the absence of Benteke will hurt his

side for their trip to Wigan on Sunday but is confident he has the

depth in squad to cover him.

"I think when you lose any player to a red card it's

a blow," he said.

"The way he's been playing, his form has been huge. But

it's someone's gain and they will give it everything they've got.

"We have a few still there. We will see what

happens. The front lads have been excellent with the goals they have scored.

They have been quality. We just move on now."

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