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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert claimed he had seen enough in his side’s performance against Manchester United to give him heart for the relegation run-in. He continued: “The worrying thing was if it became like what happened at Stamford Bridge, and whether psychologically the players who played there would be affected. “But credit to our players in the second half they came out and we had some really good chances. We have proved that especially going forward we are a threat. To keep playing the way they are, I couldn’t really fault them – they were up against one of the best teams in European football.” Lambert said there was no doubt that United had proved to be the best team in England this season. He added: “You have to say congratulations to Manchester United on being the best team in the country. They are a really good side. “Any league you win is difficult and they seem to do it year after year which is testament to the football club. They are hungry to win things and Sir Alex seems to turn out winning teams every year and they are certainly the best team this season.” Lambert is now turning his focus to Sunderland’s visit next Monday to Villa Park. Villa are three points ahead of third-from-bottom Wigan but the Lancashire side have a game in hand. “Next Monday is a massive game for us,” he admitted. “We need to win and we know what we need to do. In football the most important thing is if it is in your own hands and you are not looking at everyone else’s results.” Press Association Villa lost 3-0 but Lambert insisted his players had been unlucky not to score and had shown character to prevent United, who clinched the Barclays Premier League title with the win, running up a huge score such as the 8-0 thrashing handed out by Chelsea in December. Robin van Persie’s hat-trick came within the first 33 minutes but after that Villa kept United out. Lambert said: “It would have helped if we had not conceded a goal in the first 60 seconds or so. The second goal was just world class and when the third went in you think this could be a long, long night.”
THE last eight of the KFC Independence National Under-20 Football tournament has been decided, with Fruta Conquerors, Timehri Panthers and Buxton United turning in the most eye-catching performances in the Round-of-16 held over the weekend at the National Training Centre, Providence.Conquerors tamed Cougars 8-0 courtesy of a Nicholas McArthur helmet-trick while Reshaun Ritch, Simeon Hackett, Nicolai Andrews and Leon Richardson were also on the score sheet.Meanwhile, Soesdyke Falcons were grounded by Panthers, losing 1-5. Goals were struck by Tyrone Khan (14th), Shawn Steele (20th), Tyrone Burnette (47th), Shoron James (66th) and Shanon Samnauth (70th), while Jonathan Bailey netted the only goal for the losers in the 45th minute.Botofago FC of Linden came from a goal down to beat Den Amstel FC of West Demerara 4-2. Anthony Benn scored for the West Demerara unit in the 40th and 80th minutes, but strikes from Andre Mayers (45th), (52nd), (64th) and (90+2) delivered the comeback.A brace from John Gonsalves led Dynamic FC of East Coast Demerara to a 5-0 mauling of Potaro Strikers from Bartica.New Amsterdam United FC and Amelia’s Ward FC of Linden produced a tight game with the Berbice outfit coming out 1-0 winners courtesy of Keon Williams in the 47th minute.Santos knocked out West Demerara’s Pouderoyen FC with a 3-1 win as Ronaldo Rodrigues (5th), Ryan Dowding (33rd) and Randy Roberts (47th) hit the back of the net for the winners, while Stephon Jupiter scored in the 47th for the losing side.Panthers will face Botofago, and Dynamic FC will come up against Amelia’s Ward in the first set of quarter-finals, followed by Conquerors against Buxton United and Santos versus Strikers FC, who drew a bye in the Round-of-16.The quarter-finals will be held this Saturday and Sunday. First place will collect $500 000, second $300 000, third $200 000 and fourth a trophy.