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Okore, Clark giving Aston Villa boss selection conundrum

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has welcomed the selection headache he is likely to have in regards to his defence.

A back four of Jores Okore, Ciaran Clark, Aly Cissokho and Alan Hutton helped goalkeeper Brad Guzan keep a clean sheet in the 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.

The improved defensive effort came in the absence of captain Ron Vlaar, Philippe Senderos and Nathan Baker prompting suggestions from Lambert that his job will be difficult once the aforementioned trio return from injury.

"Our defensive effort was terrific at Selhurst Park," said Lambert.

"Okore and Clark worked very well together; Alan Hutton was outstanding too, and with Brad Guzan and Aly Cissokho formed a strong unit there.

"For Okore it's his third game in quick succession, and he's been out for more than a year. And I think Ciaran Clark certainly: the two of them have certainly stepped up their game.

"That's the aim of football, to have selection conundrums, and those two are going to give me that when others return. You have to push a mate to get into a side, and at the minute these two lads are holding their own."

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