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Richardson red card changed the course of the game, admits Lambert

first_imgPaul Lambert was left proud of his Aston Villa players despite falling to a 1-0 defeat to rivals West Brom at the Hawthorns.Craig Gardner scored the game’s only goal as Alan Irvine’s men secured the bragging rights in the west Midlands derby.But Lambert believes Kieran Richardson’s red card for a studs-up lunge on Stephane Sessegnon changed the game and made it an uphill battle for his side.The Northern Irishman said: “I always believed we had a chance of scoring, even when we changed to a back-three it was backs to the wall for West Brom at times, but the sending off definitely changed the game.“I think at 11v11 we were dominant with the ball and we looked good, the sending off gave us a bit of an uphill battle, but I have to compliment the team for how they reacted.”The 43-year-old believes that his side will bounce back despite their mini-revival coming to an end at the Hawthorns.“We’re confident at the moment and that’s the pleasing thing, everyone in there is disappointed but at 11v10 we gave it a good go which is pleasing to see.”last_img

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