Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has voiced his disappointment at conceding three early goals at Old Trafford to hand Manchester United the Premier League crown.
Villa went three-down after just 33 minutes courtesy of a Robin van Persie hat-trick, the second of which an audacious volley worthy of being labelled a goal of the season contender.
Lambert rued his teams early lack of focus, which he thinks cost them a chance of scoring some much needed survival points against the champions.
"The damage was done early. It was disappointing because you've got to come here and get a foothold in the game. But we lost a goal after about sixty seconds. The second goal was just an unbelievable finish," Lambert told the official Aston Villa Website.
The Scot was pleased with his team after the break though, admitting they answered his half-time rallying call and produced an improved performance in the second period.
"We attacked them in the second half. We have guys like that. I am pretty proud that they kept on going. That was important after what happened at Chelsea. We wanted to make sure it didn't happen again. Credit to them they kept on going against a brilliant side, the best in the country," he added.
Manchester United sealed their 20th league title with the victory and few would argue that they deserve it, including Villa boss Lambert, who gave his congratulations post-match.
"But congratulations to Man Utd. They have been the best team all season. They work really hard, they work for each other, they have a mentality that has been here for years and years. The best team always wins the league."
Villa host Sunderland in a crucial relegation battle next, with the Black Cats revitalised since the arrival of their new boss Paolo Di Canio.
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