Aston Villa 0 - 0 Stoke City

Match info: Premier League at Villa Park

Date: 08/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: R East Att: 30,110

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  • Last Updated: December 8 2012, 19:28 GMT

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is convinced his side will eventually find the back of the net on a more regular basis despite drawing another blank in the 0-0 home draw with Stoke.

Lambert untroubled by lack of goals

Villa have netted only 12 times in 16 Barclays Premier League games and even the reintroduction of Darren Bent as a second-half substitute failed to spark a breakthrough against the Potters.

Lambert brought a halt to questions about Bent in his after match press conference after claiming he has already answered enough enquiries about not playing the England international.

He said: "Look, I want to win, it's as simple as that, and on another day we might have got one or two goals and restricted Stoke to one real chance.

"It (the goals tally) is something I'm not actually overly worried about because I know it will come."

When asked if Bent's inclusion would improve the situation, Lambert said: "The team will. It's not just about one individual, it's about the whole team.

"There never has been a problem (with Bent) from day one.

"As I've said before, I just try and pick a team to win. That's what I try to do, it's my job."

When asked whether Bent's presence would improve the goal tally, Lambert said: "Listen, I'm going to stop you. I ain't answering any more questions on it.

"I told you, I answered about 305 the other night. I'm not answering anymore."

Lambert was pleased with Villa's overall performance as they extended their unbeaten run to four games.

He said: "I thought we dominated the game. I was delighted with the way we coped with Stoke's strength.

"I was asked that yesterday, how we would combat that, and I think we used our strengths by playing football.

"I thought we were excellent. Some of the football we're playing has been very good. We just need the finishing touch."

Stoke boss Tony Pulis was unhappy with some of referee Roger East's decisions, including the dismissal of defender Ryan Shotton for two yellow card offences.

Replays showed Shotton made no contact with Villa substitute Fabian Delph in the incident which led to his second booking.

But Pulis was also unhappy after a first-half challenge by Villa defender Ciaran Clark on Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan went unpunished.

He said: "As regards the Shotton red card, I've just looked at the incident and we are very disappointed.

"I was also disappointed with the challenge in the first half (by Clark) and the way that was dealt with.

"When you see a lad getting sent off for two bookables which you can't appeal against, it is very hard to take.

"You look at the incidents and decide what you think. I don't want to get in trouble again. It has cost me enough money over my career!

"You can't appeal two yellow cards which I find amazing."

As regards the Clark incident, Lambert said: "I think it's a foul in the first place - that's what the referee gave it for initially, then there was the follow-through.

"But initially he gave the foul to ourselves. Things like that happen in football."

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