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Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke ends Blackpool’s FA Cup ambitions

Three minutes after the Villa Park faithful decided they had seen enough and started chanting “We want Lambert out” for the first time, up popped Christian Benteke to fire home a winning goal to save their manager from an embarrassing post-match post-mortem.

After being knocked out of the domestic cups by lower-division opponents four times over the past two years, and with this only Aston Villa’s third win in 17 games, Paul Lambert could scarcely have afforded the ignominy of failing at home to beat Blackpool, nine points from safety at the bottom of the Championship.

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