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Lambert laments poor Villa showing

23 March 2014 19:38

Paul Lambert conceded his Aston Villa side were "second best" after their 4-1 thumping against Stoke City in the Premier League on Sunday.

Spirits were high around Villa Park after back-to-back wins over Norwich City and Chelsea, but Villa were brought back down to earth with a bump against Midlands rivals Stoke.

Villa had led after five minutes through Christian Benteke before the visitors recovered in spectacular style to go in 3-1 up at half-time.

Peter Odemwingie levelled after 22 minutes before Andreas Weimann's slip let Erik Pieters in to square for Peter Crouch to convert. A mistake from Leandro Bacuna then allowed Marko Arnautovic to set up Steven N'Zonzi for Stoke's third three minutes before the interval.

Arnautovic created his side's fourth in the final minute, easily getting the better of Bacuna before cutting the ball back for Geoff Cameron to complete a miserable day for Lambert.

"We were second best, that wasn't good enough," he told Sky Sports.

"We had a really good start, scored a really good goal, but the goals we lost were really, really poor.

"But take nothing away from Stoke, they deserved to win the game.

"Maybe the Chelsea game took a lot more out of us than I thought but I don't want to make excuses, we were well beaten.

"You've got to keep learning the game and try to do as well as you can but you can't play like that and expect to win."

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Info

Competition
Premier League
Date
23 March 2014
Game week
31
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
1 - 3
Full-time
1 - 4
Venue
Villa Park (Birmingham)
Attendance
30292

Goals

C. Benteke 5'
(assist by F. Delph) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
22' P. Odemwingie
 (assist by P. Crouch)
1 - 2
26' P. Crouch
 (assist by E. Pieters)
1 - 3
1 - 4
90' G. Cameron
 (assist by M. Arnautović)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
4
23
2 83'
8 8'
16
15
7 81'
11
20 5' 52'
10
Coach: P. Lambert
# Player Bookings
1
3
17
12
20 90'
8 24'
6
15 42'
25 26'
9 22'
10
Coach: M. Hughes

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
12 72'
18
29
3
6
13
37
# Player Bookings
5
23
28
29
30
11
31

Thursday 28 August

Wednesday 27 August

23:32
23:28
23:09
23:07
23:02
22:57
22:57
22:43
22:42
22:38
22:00
20:17
20:04
19:42
19:27
19:01
18:40
18:38
18:23
18:20
17:57
17:14
16:46
16:44
16:39
16:14
15:44
14:59
14:32
14:11
13:39
13:06
12:56
12:42
11:32
11:24
10:40
09:49
09:18
08:33
06:57
06:46
04:50
02:49
02:44
01:39
01:35
00:42
00:07
00:05
00:01

Tuesday 26 August

23:42
23:40
23:33
23:02
22:57
22:49
22:44
22:41
22:40
22:37
22:30
22:14
21:27
21:24
21:16
21:12
20:58
20:40
20:38
20:36
20:25
20:09
19:55
19:28
18:25
18:18
17:56
17:38
17:38
17:27
17:26
16:49
16:47
16:37
16:10
15:30
15:06
15:03
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14:11
13:12
12:52
11:50
11:37
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10:54
10:51
10:13
09:41
09:22
06:15
05:25
03:13
03:10
02:22
01:19
01:17
00:47
00:42
00:01

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 2 +5 6
2 2 +4 6
3 2 +4 6
4 2 +2 6
5 2 +1 4
6 2 +1 4
7 2 +1 4
8 2 +1 3
9 2 -1 3
10 2 +0 2
11 2 +0 2
12 2 +0 2
13 2 -1 1
14 2 -1 1
15 2 -1 1
16 2 -2 1
17 2 -2 1
18 2 -3 0
19 2 -3 0
20 2 -5 0

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