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Lambert happy with valuable away point at Hull
Oct 05, 2013 5:39 PM GMT
Paul Lambert conceded a draw was a fair result after his Aston Villa side played out a drab goalless stalemate at Hull City on Saturday.
In a game of few chances at the KC Stadium, both teams consolidated their promising mid-table starts to the Premier League season.
Victory on the back of their memorable 3-2 comeback over Manchester City would have meant three consecutive league wins for Villa for the first time since April 2010.
Gabriel Agbonlahor, back in the side following an ankle injury, spurned arguably Villa's only clear opening seven minutes after half-time.
"I don't think either side did enough to win the game," said Lambert. "It wasn't a great game for people to watch. But we have been involved in some big matches this year and this is a hard place to come.
"A point away from home, especially in this league is something really valuable.
"It was stalemate. We had one or two half chances but it wasn't enough to win the game. I couldn't fault the lads for work-rate and trying to do the right things.
"We had a lot of the ball, especially in the first half. We looked dangerous at times but we didn't have that cutting edge that we normally have.
"I can't recall (goalkeeper) Brad (Guzan) really making a save. The clean sheet is a big thing and a point away from home means three games having not being beaten."
Villa's control of possession for much of the first half owed much to the industrious work of Fabian Delph in midfield, while Libor Kozak again led the line manfully in the continued injury absence of Christian Benteke.
Lambert was quick to praise both players.
"Fabian is playing ever so well," he said. "He was excellent. Libor led the line great again. Some of his link-up play and touches were fantastic.
"There are a lot of big pluses now for the team. It's growing together, there's no doubt. We might have lost this game last season.
"We have a pretty good return on points. A point away from home is a tough thing to get."