Sorry, I just had a flash back to last season when I read the words ‘we were excellent’ but at least earlier this morning with a two nil win over FC Dallas and the fact the scoreline could’ve and possibly should’ve been higher, I’ll let him off.
Speaking to the Official Site following the victory with goals coming from Andi Weimann and Charles N’Zogbia, Paul Lambert explained.
‘It was a really tough game for us. We’re not long started back for pre season, obviously Dallas have played a lot of league games, so it was difficult. One of the big factors in their favour was the heat. We’re certainly not used to that – the conditions were really, really tough. I have never experienced heat like this. It’s really tough, even when you’re walking around. It’s pretty exhausting at times.’
Should’ve stayed in England this week then, I’ve been breaking into a sweat simply by breathing – although that might say more about me to be fair.
‘I was delighted with the two teams I put out. I thought we dominated the second half, but it was a hard game overall. The first half was tough because the heat was greater in that period, but the lads were resolute. We were strong defensively and never really got hurt.’
As for the goals, some fans might recoil when they read this given their previous words about Darren Bent, but Lambert says.
‘Andi scored a very good goal. Darren did great for it. The second goal was a top class finish. I thought the goal from Charles was first class, it was a well taken goal.’
Of course the main and only aim at the moment is fitness and getting the lads in top shape for the season ahead, but Lambert admits that developing a winning mentality and the confidence that brings at this stage of the season is no bad by product especially when the performance deserves it even at this early stage.
Of course, with the win against Mansfield and now the win over FC Dallas, Villa have also gone two games undefeated and I really don’t think we’ve said that often lately.
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