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By ESPN Staff

Lambert feels Holman's EPL frustrations

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he's glad Socceroos star Brett Holman is frustrated at a lack of game time with the Premier League side.

Holman made an impressive start to his first season at Villa but has been on the outer in recent months.

He hasn't started a match since January 12 and has only made three substitute appearances since.

The 29-year-old said last month he was frustrated and disappointed and revealed he had barely spoken to Lambert about the situation.

But the pair have since held talks and Lambert is pleased with Holman's attitude and desire to get back in the team.

"I had a good chat with him," Lambert told the Birmingham Mail.

"He is an experienced player and has done really fine since he's been here.

"You don't want people to sit and be happy when they are not in the side. You want them to be unhappy.

"He couldn't get in because Charles (N'Zogbia) was playing extremely well.

"He (Holman) wasn't fit for the other week (due to a hamstring injury). He is fit now. He has trained this week so he is back in the fray.

"I've got to pick a team that can win a game. That's the only reason."

Holman scored a brilliant goal to help Australia salvage a 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Oman in Sydney last month.

He joined the Premier League team on a free transfer after a decade spent playing in Holland.

Villa are fighting hard to avoid relegation and sit two points clear of the drop zone ahead of Saturday's match at home to Fulham.


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