Aston Villa boss Lambert hails QPR draw as ‘massive point’

The Villans coach is relieved to have grabbed the draw against a Rangers side who looked threatening for great periods of their top-flight encounter at Loftus Road
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is delighted to have guided his side to a three-game unbeaten streak following their hard-fought 1-1 draw at QPR, in what he said was a "massive point" for the club.

The Midlands side took the lead after Brett Holman fired home from distance early on, but a Jamie Mackie header levelled the score for the hosts just 10 minutes later.

Shots from Shaun Wright-Phillips and Clint Hill came close to giving QPR their first win under Harry Redknapp late on, but a series of Brad Guzan stops ensured the home side didn't grab their first victory of the campaign.

Lambert is pleased with his squad for overcoming a resilient home side who have received a much needed morale boost after the appointment of the former Spurs as manager.

"It was a doubly hard game for the players," he told Sky Sports. "Especially with where QPR are in the league and with Harry coming in as their manager which gave them a major lift so to come here with a young team, it's a massive point for us.

"I thought we were excellent in the first half. Really, really good and they looked threatening every time, but QPR came back really strongly every time and I'm delighted to have collected a point."

In a week that has seen them build on a goalless draw with Arsenal by defeating Reading in midweek, Lambert is pleased with their form in recent weeks.

"We're on a little run at the minute," he continued. "It was a great goal from Brett [Holman]. I thought the move was good because we tried to pass it and I thought [Ashley] Westwood was outstanding in the middle of the pitch."