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Friday 25 April 2014

Lambert makes call for strong heads

WEST BROM 2 ASTON VILLA 2

Unpleasant as conditions may be for training, Aston Villa and Bradford City will both be keen to work on different aspects of the same phase of play ahead of the second leg of their League Cup semi-final tomorrow.

In the first match at Valley Parade all three City goals in a stunning 3-1 victory were headers and, after conceding a late equaliser from a corner in this riveting draw, Villa boss Paul Lambert knows that his side have to tighten up. They were denied a first league victory in six games when the otherwise impressive Christian Benteke left Gareth McAuley free to nod down a corner for Peter Odemwingie to volley in.

"It's a bog-standard ball into the box." Lambert said. "It's not rocket science. We go man for man. It's you against your opponent and you've got to go and put your head on it."

Disappointment at dropping two points to their oldest rivals aside, Villa will have taken encouragement from their first-half performance. It brought fine strikes from Benteke and then Gabriel Agbonlahor, plus an all-too-rare demonstration of Charles N'Zogbia's talents.

Chris Brunt pounced early in the second half for West Brom, who dominated from there and levelled when Odemwingie exposed Villa seven minutes from time. (© Independent News Service)

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