| 12.5°C Dublin

Benteke must get better - Lambert

PAUL LAMBERT insisted the overall performance of Aston Villa's two-goal League Cup hero Christian Benteke "wasn't up to my standards" despite securing his side a quarter-final spot.

The 21-year-old netted an injury-time winner in the 3-2 win at Swindon last night after the League One club had threatened to pull off a shock win after recovering from a two-goal deficit.

Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor put Villa 2-0 up but Robins substitute Miles Storey's brace looked to have forced the game into extra-time before Benteke struck for the second time.

Lambert described the finishing power of the Belgium international as "world class" but felt the £7million summer signing failed to live up to the standards he set in previous Villa games.

He said: "Benteke has had a quality start but his game wasn't up to my standards. His two goals were world class finishes but you set yourself a standard and we've got to keep him up to that standard."

Martin O'Neill knows a lack of goals are hurting his Sunderland side as they continue to struggle.

The Black Cats have made an indifferent start to the season and were last night unable to add to the meagre six goals they have scored in all competitions as they were dumped out of the League Cup, with Middlesbrough 1-0 winners at the Stadium of Light.

Scott McDonald scored the only goal of the game and O'Neill conceded work has to be done.

"We have to do more to get goals and we have to look dangerous," he said.

"Eventually when we get the ball in the penalty area we can't pass it or lose it in dangerous positions."


Privacy