Apr 5, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Villa Park
Aston Villa
Holt (70')
Bennett (59'), Westwood (67'), Holtby (87')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Richardson (62'), Rodallega (86')
Sidwell (84'), Albrighton (90')

Paul Lambert praises Grant Holt after defeat to Fulham

Grant Holt of Aston Villa (L) watches his effort on goal go past goalkeeper David Stockdale of Fulham during the Barclays Premier League match on April 5, 2014
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Paul Lambert praises Aston Villa striker Grant Holt for his display in the 2-1 defeat to Fulham.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has praised Grant Holt for his performance and goal in the 2-1 defeat to Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

Despite failing to claim anything from the game, Lambert was eager to focus on his striker, who was given the opportunity to start in attack due to Christian Benteke's injury.

"It was a really open game, with chances at both ends, but it was disappointing to lose," the Scot told BBC Sport.

"There are a lot of games left and you look to see who's playing who. A lot of teams are in the same situation as ourselves.

"I thought Grant Holt was excellent. He led the line great for us and produced a terrific header for the goal."

The loss leaves Villa 13th in the Premier League.

Fernando Amorebieta, Brede Hangeland, John Arne Riise and Kieran Richardson of Fulham celebrate at the end of the match against Aston Villa on April 5, 2014
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