Football - Lambert laments Villa display

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was left bitterly frustrated with his side's performance in the 2-0 defeat by West Ham at Villa Park.

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The Hammers made Villa look second rate for the first 55 minutes, with the first of Kevin Nolan's two goals coming just 15 seconds into the second half with a cheeky inside flick to a low Stewart Downing cross.

The second followed two minutes and 43 seconds later as he robbed a dithering Fabian Delph just outside the area before taking the ball on into the box and stroking it crisply past Brad Guzan.

Only then did Villa stir as substitute Marc Albrighton and Christian Benteke struck the woodwork but it was too little too late from the home side, who have now lost eight home matches this season.

At the final whistle a chorus of boos and jeers greeted Villa's latest miserable home performance and Lambert said: "The two goals were really disappointing, especially right after half-time.

"I don't think I'd taken my seat when they played a long ball and we never dealt with it. Whether you're young, old, or an experienced player, you deal with it. It was just a long ball and we should have dealt with it better.

"The second goal was just a basic error and then all of a sudden we came into life in the game. But conceding two goals is just not good enough.

"The two goals irritated me because at half-time we've gone in level and in the second half we're attacking into our favourite end and you think something's going to happen.

"But the two goals during that two-to-three-minute spell put us on the back foot. They were unacceptable and you cannot defend that way at this level."

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