Aston Villa 1 Fulham 1: Paul Lambert pleased with his side’s effort
Aston Villa 1 Fulham 1: Paul Lambert says he could not fault his side's effort despite being held to a draw at Villa Park
Paul Lambert insisted he was pleased with Aston Villa’s performance despite watching his side be pegged back by Fulham.
Villa had taken the lead in the 56th minute through Charles N’Zogbia’s curling shot but Fabian Delph inadvertently headed Bryan Ruiz’s corner into his own net to gift Martin Jol’s visitors a leveller 11 minutes later.
The draw leaves Lambert’s men in 16th place in the Premier League table and just three points above the relegation zone – but the Scot was full of praise for his side’s display after the stalemate.
“I thought we were great,” Lambert told BBC Sport. “We should have been a few goals up at half-time and their goalkeeper made some vital saves.
“I could not fault the lads for effort. [In terms of Delph’s own goal] you can never fault anyone for trying to do the right things.
“The point keeps the momentum there. I played under a great manager once and he said if you can’t win a game then don’t lose it. I think you can sense in the stadium the fans are behind us.”
Meanwhile, Fulham boss Jol conceded that his side did will to come away from Villa Park with a point.
“I thought they were the better team,” said Jol. “In the first half, we were a bit hot and cold. The chances they had were created by us.
“If you look at the match, they had won three of four coming into the game, so I can live with a point. Our first priority was 40 points and we have achieved that.”