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Goals from Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor put the Villans in a comfortable two-goal lead at half-time, only for Chris Brunt and Peter Odemwingie after the break

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has rued with his side’s failure to beat West Brom after building a two-goal lead before half-time.

First-half goals from Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor saw the Villans enter the break with a comfortable lead, only for West Brom to produce an impressive comeback after the break through goals from Chris Brunt and Peter Odemwingie.

Lambert said he was expecting Steve Clarke to fire up the home side during the break and was disappointed at the two dropped points in the derby clash.

"I thought we were excellent in the first half,” he told the club’s official website. “We should have been out of sight, it should have been finished.

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We should have been four up. That would have killed the game. The way we played in the first half was excellent. In the second half West Brom came out strongly but you expect that. They are the home side.

"It was disappointing not to win the game because we should have been finished in the first half. Gabby [Agbonlahor] had a good chance to make it three in the second-half. But the game is never over until it's over.

"West Brom are a good side. People shouldn't forget that. They very rarely get beat here. But the first-half it should have been finished."

Aston Villa find themselves without a win in five Premier League outings and look set to be dumped out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of League Two outfit Bradford following their 3-1 first-leg defeat on January 8.

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