Football - Lambert: Youngsters deserve credit

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes his young players should take all of the credit for their improving performances.

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Villa defeated Stoke 3-1 at the Britannia Stadium to move out of the relegation zone thanks to a close range strike from Gabriel Agbonlahor, Matthew Lowton's spectacular effort and Christian Benteke's 90th-minute goal.

Lambert, who has given chances to several young players including Lowton and Benteke, who along with Ashley Westwood and Jordon Bowery helped to see off Stoke, insists he should not receive any of the plaudits following the result.

"I get great satisfaction seeing footballers doing well, it's never about myself," Lambert told the Birmingham Mail. "I get great satisfaction, even when experienced lads are performing at their profession.

"I've always tried to give them an opportunity because until you do that you don't know."

Lowton stunned Stoke with a superb 30-yard volley in the 87th minute before Benteke sealed the vital win to move Villa three points clear of third-bottom Wigan.

"You won't see a better goal than Matt Lowton's anywhere in Europe, let alone Britain," Lambert added.

"He was a low-profile signing because nobody had really heard of him but he's a really top lad and a good pro.

"He's not the finished article but he's certainly playing really, really well and if he carries on the way he's going he's going to have a great career, as will the others."