Lambert full of praise for Villa and Benteke
Manager Paul Lambert hailed the debut of Aston Villa's £7million newcomer Christian Benteke after his goal against Swansea.
The Belgium international was introduced for the final quarter of the game and caused constant problems before adding to Matthew Lowton's first-half opener. It enabled Villa to end their run of 14 Barclays Premier League games without a win as they registered only their second victory in front of their home fans in 10 months. Lambert, who celebrated his first league win as Villa boss, said: I thought Christian was unplayable. He was an absolute threat. The great thing is he's only 21, only a kid and still learning. He has a really good game for the national team against Croatia in midweek and, if you're holding your own in that company, you're doing alright. "Everything is a culture shock for him at the minute but he was excellent. The goal will give him confidence. The crowd will go with him. You heard the crowd's reaction when he came on." Lambert was delighted with Villa's overall performance as they built on the creditable 1-1 draw at Newcastle before the international break. He added: "I thought they were excellent, right from the off. We thoroughly deserved it, against a really good side which has been flying. I thought we were well worthy of it. The tempo and the way we played was excellent. I have nothing but praise for the lads."