Paul Lambert plays down Aston Villa defeat

Paul Lambert manager of Aston Villa looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa at The Hawthorns on November 25, 2013
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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert plays down his team's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace, claiming that the game "could have gone either way".

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has played down his team's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace, claiming that the game "could have gone either way".

Jason Puncheon's strike in the 76th minute handed the Eagles the victory at Selhurst Park, the result propelling the London outfit up to 12th place in the Premier League.

Lambert told reporters after the match: "It was a really tight game, a physical game, there was nothing much in the game, they took their chance.

"The game could have gone either way. It's a really fine margin in that game today. It is where it is, there's loads of teams and games still to play and you have to get over that finishing line as quick as you can.

"We saw a lot of ball and a lot of possession. There weren't too many chances for both teams."

Aston Villa, now in 14th place and just four points above the relegation zone, will welcome Southampton to Villa Park next Saturday.

Ryan Bertrand of Aston Villa tangles with Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace during the Barclays Premier League match on April 12, 2014
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