Football - Lambert sees the positives

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was impressed with his side's second-half display despite a 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal leaving them with one win in their last seven league games.

PA Sport Report

The Gunners held off a late fightback from the home side at Villa Park to move back above Manchester City and Chelsea to the summit.

Two goals in the space of a minute from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud put Arsenal in control, but Villa rallied to make life uncomfortable with a late Christian Benteke reply.

Lambert said: "That was more like it in the second half. I don't think if we'd got an equaliser anyone could have begrudged it."

Lambert was also pleased to see Benteke scoring again after a four-month drought. The Belgian had looked ineffective early on, but looked a different player when charged with confidence.

Lambert, who refused to comment on rumours linking him with a loan move for Wigan's Grant Holt, said: "About this time last year he started to hit the goals. It is quite uncanny. It will certainly give him a big lift."

Villa lost defender Nathan Baker early on to a sickening-looking injury after being hit in the face by a Serge Gnabry shot.

He was carried off on a stretcher wearing an oxygen mask after suffering mild concussion, but his condition was later reported as not serious.

Lambert added: "He is a little bit groggy but he is ok. He can't remember a thing about what happened."

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