Lambert bemoans poor decisions
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert feels refereeing decisions were a key factor in their narrow 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
Villa took the lead early in the contest through Christian Benteke before Ramires and then Benteke both saw red either side of half-time. The hosts performed admirably, but were undone as Frank Lampard hit a double to break Chelsea's all-time goalscoring record and give the visitors all three points.
However, Lambert felt referee Lee Mason's decision not to dismiss John Terry for a first-half foul on Yacouba Sylla was pivotal and believed his side did not deserved to leave the game with nothing.
He said: "We should have won the game. I thought we looked great and played good football, we had a good tempo. Some of the decisions today were bizarre. The referee missed the John Terry one, he's taken down Yacouba Sylla. You've got to be big enough to make that decision.
"We were so far in control of that game. We didn't deserve that - we were excellent.
"They (the players) were fabulous, they really were and you can see by the crowd - the way they played, they got better and better and did not deserve to lose."
Lambert's side were on the receiving end of some good fortune in the second half however, as a Demba Ba strike was ruled not to have crossed the line following a goalmouth scramble. Lambert, though, felt Mason made the correct call on that occasion.
"The whole ball is obviously not over the line, he got that right but he has 90 minutes to get a few right but I thought that some of his decisions were bizarre," he added.