1 January 2014 Last updated at 18:48

Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa: Lambert thankful for returning players

Paul Lambert says the return of Aston Villa's "big players" helped his side to a "deserved" 1-0 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Villa claimed their first victory in six matches as Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the only goal of the game in the 15th minute.

Lambert says the return of captain Ron Vlaar and striker Christian Benteke were key to Villa securing the three points as they move up to 11th place in the Premier League table.