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Sep 29, 2012

Lambert seeking more from Agbonlahor

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is demanding greater consistency and more match-winning performances from Gabriel Agbonlahor.

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Lambert was treated to the best of the striker in midweek, with Agbonlahor's outstanding individual display helping to knock Manchester City out of the Capital One Cup.

Those performances have been rare from Agbonlahor over the last couple of seasons, because of difficulties under former managers Gerard Houllier and Alex McLeish and that has cost him his place in the England squad.

But an international recall could be on the agenda if Lambert can find the key to getting consistent performances from the 26-year-old, despite utilising Agbonlahor in a variety of positions and not necessarily a central striker.

Lambert has had to wait for Agbonlahor to recover from a knee injury, but was left purring with the forward's two goals at the Etihad and said: "No-one can stop him when he's in that kind of form.

"Being adaptable is a great thing. It's a big thing that he can do that and play in either position. His pace is explosive and once he gets his head down and runs there are not many who will stop him because he's that quick.

"He just needs to finish his game off with goals. That is all he needs. In any area of the pitch I think pace is an asset. He's got it in abundance, whether he comes in from the left or through the middle or whatever."

Lambert believes Agbonlahor is at the point in his career when he can still make an impact at international level, despite being out of the England picture for a couple of seasons.

"He's at that age now, 26, where he's not a young pro and he's not an elder statesman, so it's a great time to really kick on and drive his career forward," Lambert said. "He's got the potential to do it, there's no two ways about it. Tuesday night proved that it's there in abundance. I don't think his confidence can go much higher than what it is now after the other night, which I think is great."

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