Football - Clark is central in Lambert's plans

Paul Lambert believes Aston Villa utility player Ciaran Clark's best position is at centre-back.

Clark has played in a number of roles for the club, including full-back and central midfield.

But Lambert has been impressed with Clark since using the Republic of Ireland international at the heart of Villa's defence.

He said: "What is Clark's best position? My own view is that he's a centre-half. That's where I think his strength is.

"We might have to use him somewhere else if we get injuries but at this moment in time I see him as centre-half.

"He has been excellent for us. You're placing a lot of responsibility on him and he's been thriving with it."