Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert backed Sunderland counterpart Martin O'Neill to get it right after inflicting a demoralising 1-0 defeat on his side.

The Scot, who still refers to the Ulsterman as "the Gaffer" after their time together at Celtic, was a happy man after seeing Villa claim just their second Barclays Premier League win of the season at the Stadium of Light. In the process, he piled further pressure on O'Neill, whose team have now won only one of its last 17 league games.

However, Lambert said: "It's a tough, tough job, it really is a tough job. But if there's one person who will turn it around, it will be him. I have got the utmost respect for the Gaffer. I am not in a position to sit here and say I have got one over him or anything. It's a game of football I had to win and Aston Villa had to win, and we did it. It's a good three points."

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