Agbonlahor: Lambert's new approach already paying dividends

The former Norwich boss has instilled an ethos into the club the 25-year-old has never seen in the squad before and is pleased they are now "hunting in packs"

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has praised Paul Lambert for getting the squad to up their output on the pitch, adding that their improvement all stems from his new training routines.

The three-time England international has been plagued with a medial ligament damage problem suffered during the club's summer tour of America, but returned to action in the draw with Newcastle on Sunday.

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And the 25-year-old was impressed with the squad’s ability to deny the Magpies time on the ball and Agbonlahor revealed former Norwich boss Lambert has been focused on teamwork in training.

He told the Birmingham Mail: "What he's trying to build into us is that if someone gives the ball away you don't moan, you just go and win it back for your friend.

"We've been working on that a lot in training and games and I think that mentality will help.

"He's said to us when you lose the ball then it's nice to have a friend who's there to come and help you win it back and then you can do the same for him.

“A lot of it is fitness, but a lot of it is being sharp as well; chasing the ball down, hunting in packs really.”