Football - Penalty decision irks Lambert

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was left to rue slim pickings for his side following their 2-0 defeat at Fulham as striker Christian Benteke's goalless streak stretched to nine games.

Villa also surrendered the league's second-best form record - a run of five games without defeat - in lacklustre fashion.

Dimitar Berbatov demonstrated his commitment to the Fulham cause with a sparkling performance and was the lynchpin as Fulham ended a run of six straight league defeats, teeing up Steve Sidwell for a well-taken opener before coolly dispatching a penalty he had helped win.

But Lambert refused to take his players to task for their below-par performance, admitting his men looked "tired" in west London.

Frustrated not to receive a penalty for Aaron Hughes' challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor, Lambert confirmed he had aired his views with referee Mike Dean.

Lambert said: "I don't think we did enough to win the game.

"Where I'm disappointed is the penalty. I had just spoken to Mike Dean, my view differs from his. I don't know what anyone else thinks but I'll leave other people to talk about it.

"Gabby got a foot on it first, and it's moments like that that change the game.

"If you lose any game you're always disappointed, but you pick yourself up and go again."