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Paul Lambert pleased with Aston Villa effort

Paul Lambert insists that he is pleased with Aston Villa's "big effort" in their late 2-0 defeat against Manchester City at Villa Park this evening.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has praised his players for giving their all in this evening's slender defeat against Manchester City.

The Villans were undone by strikes from Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero late on at Villa Park to deny them a share of the spoils.

"I thought it was a big effort from us, we defended strongly but they have quality all over the pitch and we were dead all over the pitch by the end," Lambert told Sky Sports News.

"We were in that game for 82 minutes. We have played the top four in the league last season already, but we have come through it without any of them having beaten us badly."

Villa, who play Everton in their next game following the international break, are now in seventh place in the Premier League table.

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Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match against Aston Villa at Villa Park on October 4, 2014
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