Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood says working with manager Paul Lambert has made him a better player.

The former Crewe Alexandra captain will make his 55th top-?ight start today when the in-form Midlands club face Stoke City.

"My game has come on in leaps and bounds under Paul.

"We could not learn from anybody better.

"The Chelsea result was massive.

"It put us tenth in the table and I'm sure most fans would take that. Now we want to cement that position."

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