Lambert on ex Chelsea man's goal: Wish I had him 5 years earlier

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Aston Villa drew 1-1 at Burnley thanks to Joe Cole's first goal for the club.

Joe Cole made his first start for Aston Villa away to Burnley, and promptly supplied his first goal for the club to put the visitors into the lead just before half time.

The ex Chelsea favourite lasted 20 minutes into the second period before being withdrawn by Villa for youngster Jack Grealish, and impressed with his skilful link up play.

Villas boss Paul Lambert stated his delight with the 33-year-old's impact, saying after the game that his players could learn from Cole's enthusiasm.

"The movement was great and I wish I'd had Joe Cole five years earlier," admitted Lambert. "The problem is I couldn't afford him five years ago.

"He was fantastic, he really was. I knew he would tire but I thought he was outstanding. The great thing about Joe is his enthusiasm for the game, for a guy that's won everything. I think the other guys can take a look at him and try to model themselves on him, that's for sure."

The Clarets came back to draw the fixture with a late Danny Ings penalty, but Cole's influence was proof that Lambert knew what he was talking about earlier in the week.

Some may have raised their eyebrows when Lambert name checked Joe Cole when explaining his decision to release record signing Darren Bent on loan to Brighton.

"Christian is coming back after Saturday and I think Gabby Agbonlahor and Andi Weimann will find their feet again in terms of goalscoring," the Scot said.

"Charles N'Zogbia is playing pretty decently and Joe Cole is nearly fully fit. So there are certainly goals within the team, we just need to find the solutions to win games."

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