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."