Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has admitted that his side were made to pay for not taking their chances, after being knocked out of the Capital One Cup by League One’s Leyton Orient.
Lambert made seven changes to the team who recorded a 0-0 draw against Newcastle United on the weekend, including handing summer signing Joe Cole his full debut, but the Premier League outfit managed just one shot on target over the 90 minutes.
With Darren Bent also making his first start since the final game of the 2012-13 season, the striker squandered a couple of golden opportunities in each half, before Romain Vincelot’s 87th minute header saw the visitors seal a shock 1-0 win in their second-round tie.
With four out of five previous cup runs during Lambert’s tenure ending in defeat to lower league opposition, boos rained down on Villa Park on the final whistle, with the Scot confessing that his team made the match far too difficult for themselves.
‘We had enough chances but never took them,’ he said. ‘When you don't take chances, at any level of football, then you get punished. You don't have a divine right to beat any team.
‘Darren is deadly in those situations and on another night they would have gone in. But like I said, if you don't take chances things like that happen.
‘I knew this would be a hard game and I picked a team I thought could win it, and we should have done as we had enough chances.'
After a solid start to their Premier League campaign, the Orient defeat deals a blow to the recent optimism surrounding the club, and Lambert will now hope his side can bounce back when they travel to Hull City on Sunday.