MX23RW : Wednesday, September 26 13:16:02
Oct 20, 2013 at 4pm UK at ​Villa Park
Aston Villa
0-2
SpursTottenham Hotspur

Westwood (9'), Agbonlahor (58'), Delph (92')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Townsend (30'), Soldado (69')
Paulinho (38'), Dawson (51'), Walker (88'), Lennon (92')

Paul Lambert: 'Christian Benteke was never a starting option'

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says that he was not tempted to start Christian Benteke against Tottenham Hotspur because the Belgian striker was not match fit.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has said that starting Christian Benteke in today's Premier League game with Tottenham Hotspur was "never an option".

The Belgian striker had been out since September with a hip injury but came on in the second half at Villa Park and nearly found the net with a header.

"Christian has only trained four days in a month," PA quotes the Scottish coach as saying. "It is unfair on him to ask him to go straight in.

"He has trained with us a couple of days and a couple with Belgium. That wasn't enough to throw him into a game of that magnitude. It was never an option."

Spurs went on to win the match 2-0 thanks to goals from Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado.

Share this article now:
Roberto Soldado of Spurs celebrates scoring their second goal with Paulinho of Spurs during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on October 20, 2013
Read Next:
Match Analysis: Aston Villa 0-2 Spurs
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds95311971218
2Middlesbrough9531113818
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom952222121017
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd95131511416
5Wigan AthleticWigan95131411316
6Derby CountyDerby95131310316
7Brentford94321610615
8Bristol City94231411314
9Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest9351119214
10Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds94231414014
11Norwich CityNorwich94231313014
12Blackburn RoversBlackburn93511111014
13Aston Villa93421514113
14Swansea CitySwansea934276113
15Bolton WanderersBolton9333912-312
16Queens Park RangersQPR9315715-810
17Birmingham CityBirmingham916278-19
18Stoke CityStoke92341216-49
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham9306614-89
20Reading92251213-18
21Hull City9216916-77
22Millwall9135713-66
23Ipswich TownIpswich9054612-65
24Preston North EndPreston9126918-95

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account