Nov 3, 2012 at 3pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
Sunderland
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Aston Villa

Bardsley (33'), Fletcher (89')
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Agbonlahor (57')
Lichaj (45'), Clark (68'), Benteke (81')

Paul Lambert hails Martin O'Neill influence

Lambert hails O'Neill influence
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Aston Villa chief Paul Lambert hails Sunderland boss and former manager Martin O'Neill ahead of the Premier League meeting between the two sides.

Paul Lambert has described Martin O'Neill as one of the finest managers he played under ahead of a Celtic reunion on Wearside this weekend.

Lambert takes his Aston Villa side to the Stadium of Light on Saturday, where they will face a Sunderland outfit managed by O'Neill, who was Lambert's boss during his time with the Bhoys.

The Scot has revealed his high opinion of O'Neill, who he claims has been a mentor to him since moving into management.

"I played under Martin for five years. Martin and Ottmar Hitzfeld (his manager at Borussia Dortmund) are two of the best managers I ever played under," said Lambert.

"They are two different types of people but two of the best managers for me."

Lambert also revealed that O'Neill recommended he took the job at Villa Park this summer, having spent four years with the Midlands club himself between 2006 and 2010.

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