Premier League: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert disappointed with Fulham loss
Paul Lambert was left to bemoan a late Fulham goal which gave the London club a vital 2-1 win at Villa Park.
Last Updated: 06/04/14 7:59am
Hugo Rodallega gave the visitors a lifeline in their fight against relegation from the Premier League with the winner four minutes from time.
After a goalless first half, Kieran Richardson drilled a superb shot into the top corner only for Grant Holt to head in his first goal for Villa soon after.
Both teams could have won it, but it was Rodallega who headed in the crucial goal to earn manager Felix Magath his first away victory and left Lambert's side still needing something from their remaining six games to avoid getting sucked into a relegation battle.
"It was a really open game," Lambert told Sky Sports. "It was end-to-end football with chances for both teams and I thought when we got the equaliser we might have pushed on and won, but at that stage with eight minutes to go, if you can't win it you take the point.
"It was disappointing (the winning goal) because the ball travelled a good bit of distance and we've not been touch tight. At this level you do get punished and from that point of view it was disappointing."
Christian Benteke's Achilles tear in training this week was a huge blow for Villa, who lacked a cutting edge without the powerful Belgium striker.
They were also missing Gabby Agbonlahor, Fabian Delph and Karim El Ahmadi for the clash and Lambert felt the absence of his big name players made a huge difference.
"That's four big players out," he added. "Big players with big injuries at this time but you get that everywhere at every club so you have to regroup and go to the next game."