Villa boss Lambert pleased with impact of Cowans, Given

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was happy with the impact of his new coaches after their 0-0 draw with Southampton.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was happy with the impact of his new coaches after their 0-0 draw with Southampton.

Lambert praised the influence of Gordon Cowans and Shay Given, whose last game for Villa came in January 2013.

"The two lads have been great," said Lambert. "Gordon, who I know really well, his status at the football club is huge.

"Shay, contrary to what people think because I never played him, I've never had one cross word with him. I respect him as a goalkeeper and as a guy, and he and Gordon accepted within seconds. I'm really appreciative of the help."

 
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