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Villa boss Lambert convinced of Bennett, Lowton quality

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is convinced of the quality of his new fullbacks.

Lambert is predicting "big careers" for Aston Villa's rookie defenders Matthew Lowton and Joe Bennett if they maintain their current rate of progress.

He said: "People talk about them as hidden gems and you get great satisfaction from seeing them do well for themselves. The Norwich lads were exactly the same.

"There was the opportunity there for the young lads to drive on in the game and it's the same here.

"You wouldn't have thought they've just come from where they've come from, that's for sure.

"If you are talking about Lowton and Bennett, they don't seem fazed at all.

"They have played a lot of games with Sheffield United and Middlesbrough, so playing in front of big crowds will not faze them.

"Be it Championship or League One football, these are tough leagues so they are battle-hardened. They know what it is like to play proper football.

"They have earned the right to play at Tottenham and it is not something they should be frightened by. They should not go there with any trepidation."

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