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The Aston Villa boss is firmly of the belief that the 21-year-old striker's enthusiasm for the game will stand him in good stead for the future after forcing his way into the side

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has praised the work ethic of forward Andreas Weimann, joking that he "must have another lung" after his match-winning display against QPR on Saturday.

The 21-year-old scored in the first half of the 3-2 victory against Harry Redknapp's relegation-threatened outfit at Villa Park before setting up the winner for Christian Benteke late on.

After goalkeeper Brad Guzan hailed the Austria international's ability to close down space off the ball, Lambert followed suit by saluting Weimann's contributions after earning an extended run in the side.

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"Andi must have another lung somewhere because he has a phenomenal work-rate," the Villa boss told the club's official website. "That will serve him well for his whole career from now until the day he stops.

"The biggest compliment I can give him is that he's a brilliant guy and gives you everything he's got. If he keeps that he will go a long way.

"The team's overall enthusiasm is exceptional. Andi showed that with his work for the third goal - he never gave it up. That's Andi all over. That's his character.

"The goal he scored himself was brilliant. It was a fantastic finish. It was a brilliant goal.

"I don't think he was a regular in the side when I came in. He was in and out. You give him a chance.

"He's playing exceptionally well. I know his natural position is through the middle but whether he plays off the line or through the middle he seems to score.

"If he keeps that enthusiasm and that hunger and desire to play a game of football he will have a big, big career."

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