Jose Mourinho touchline battle was just banter, says Paul Lambert

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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has laughed off any suggestions that he has fallen out with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, after they were pictured in heated discussions at Stamford Bridge last night.

Lambert felt Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic should have been given a straight red card for a reckless elbow on Christian Benteke, but he was given just a caution.

Ever more frustrating for the former Norwich manager was that Ivanovic then scored what was to be the winner as Chelsea edged past the Villans 2-1 in a highly charged game at the Bridge.

In the aftermath of the game Mourinho accused Lambert of complaining about every decision, but the Scot played down any reports of a dispute between the two, dismissing the exchanges as purely 'banter'.

"I think there has been a lot made of me and Jose in the technical area. There was the odd little thing, but there was a lot of banter between us," said Lambert.

"It is the same. The two of us were shouting at referees and officials and everything.

"I'm not going to go there and lie down, and neither is Jose.

"A lot has been made of me moaning - he does his fair share as well, just to let you know.

"It is not a problem. We had a bit of banter between us and I saw him afterwards. I like him and he is a brilliant football manager. There was never a problem."

The 44-year-old was also far from happy with Kevin Friend failure to point to the penalty spot after John Terry appeared to handle Gabriel Agbonlahor's header with his arm, which he says would have been given had it been the other way round.

"It was a clear handball - it''s a stone-waller, a clear penalty. I don't care what anyone says, that is a penalty," added Lambert.

"Gabby has won the header and it has hit John's hand. I'm pretty sure if it had been down the other end, it would have been given."

Villa were very unlucky to not get anything from the game after falling behind to an own goal from Antonio Luna, before drawing level with a goal from Christian Benteke, but Ivanovic scored the winner for Chelsea as they maintained their 100% start to the season.

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