Lambert: We deserved win over Sunderland

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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was understandably delighted with today’s 1-0 success against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light – Villa’s first league win in six attempts.

The returns of Ron Vlaar and Christian Benteke from injury paid off for the Midlands outfit.

Lambert said: “I thought we deserved it - I thought we could have run out more comfortable winners. We should have at least had three or four, the chances we had.

“Coming up here was always going to be tough because of Sunderland’s situation, but I felt the Swansea game gave us a platform to try to build.

“But we are a football club that can’t carry big injuries to big players, and I think it was evident today, the two lads coming back gave us a major lift.”