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Give my pal Roy a break - Lambert

PAUL Lambert has pleaded with the media to give Roy Keane a break after confirming that the Ireland No 2 had words with Tom Cleverly.

"I've probably spoken about Roy (inset) more since he's left than when he was here. I think you (should) give the guy a break," said Lambert.

Reports claimed that Keane had "stormed" around to Cleverly's house seeking answers about negative leaks from the Villa dressing room about his time as assistant to Lambert.

"From the brief chat I had with Tom, it certainly wasn't how it was portrayed. That was what Tom told me this morning.

"I spoke to Roy. We're good pals, not just in this regard but we're good pals in general and that will always be the same," claimed Lambert.

"Roy's obviously got his Ireland role to contend with and work on, trying to qualify for Euro 2016. There's no problem on that side. He's my pal."