Villa boss Paul Lambert: We deserved to win at St Mary's

Basingstoke Gazette: Adam Lallana in action against Aston Villa last night Adam Lallana in action against Aston Villa last night

Statistics highlight Saints' dominance against Aston Villa tonight, but manager Paul Lambert was only bothered by the goal column after his side became the first to win at St Mary's this season.

Mauricio Pochettino's side enjoyed 77 per cent possession in the Barclays Premier League clash, having 21 shots and completing almost six times as many passes as Villa.

Lambert's side only managed three shots on target but all found the back of the net, starting with Gabriel Agbonlahor's fine solo opener after 15 minutes.

Libor Kozak nodded home Villa's second after Jay Rodriguez levelled, although Saints drew parity again through Dani Osvaldo.

Lambert's side would not be denied, though, scoring against the run of play but in some style, with Fabian Delph's wondrous strike from distance proving the difference.

"You show me a stat that wins you a game of football and I might try and buy it," Lambert said of the one-sided match facts.

"I've had pats on my back in certain games when we've been turned over. It is not what you look for - you try and win.

"I thought we deserved to win the game. There have been times when we have had loads of the ball and got nothing. All you get is a pat on the back.

"We needed three points and I thought we were lethal in front of goal.

"I thought Agbonlahor's goal was world class - when he is like that with his speed and power there are not many people can catch him.

"The second goal was a terrific header from Kozak and the third goal was worthy of any win.

"I think we should have had a penalty when Christian Benteke gets brought down, so I am delighted with the lads."

Benteke was introduced as a second-half substitute after Lambert boldly decided to drop the Belgium international after seven scoreless matches.

"The football club does not revolve around one player," he said. "I made a decision that I thought was the right call.

"We have 25 lads and I try and treat them the same way. Christian was brilliant last year but has had a little spell when at the minute he has not been hitting the heights of last year.

"But when he came on I thought he looked as if he was getting back to the powerhouse he is.

"Sometimes a rest is as good as playing sometimes. We have seven games this month. Kozak led the line great and got the goal."

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1:49am Thu 5 Dec 13

FindAndDestroy says...

Really!!!!!!!! With 23% possession and 3 shorts on target:?????
you deserved to win??...you are kidding yourself mate....
Really!!!!!!!! With 23% possession and 3 shorts on target:????? you deserved to win??...you are kidding yourself mate.... FindAndDestroy

5:12pm Thu 5 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

21 attempts, 9 on target and only 2 go in, not a very good shot ratio, it is hard to accept when you get luck like that. Shouldn't have to score 4 because the opposition get three though!
21 attempts, 9 on target and only 2 go in, not a very good shot ratio, it is hard to accept when you get luck like that. Shouldn't have to score 4 because the opposition get three though! OSPREYSAINT

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