Villa boss Lambert convinced "excellent" N'Zogbia returning to very best

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was delighted with Charles N'Zogbia's performance in their derby draw with West Bromwich Albion.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was delighted with Charles N'Zogbia's performance in their derby draw with West Bromwich Albion.

N'Zogbia set up both Villa goals - for Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor - and caused constant problems to the Baggies back four.

Lambert said: "I thought Charles was excellent. That is what he has got in his make-up. There is no doubt that Charles is a real talent, a real, real talent.

"He goes past people as if they're not that at times. In the first half he was excellent. I would also like to see him shoot because he has the ability to do it."

It was a surprise when Lambert substituted N'Zogbia midway through the second period given the extent of his contribution.

But the Villa manager insisted: "I took Charles off because he has got a lot of games coming up. Remember that he's back from a long lay-off so you have to watch him. We have to protect him."

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