Premier League

November 24, 2012

Full-time

Aston Villa

0 - 0

Arsenal

Premier League

17:30 +00:00, November 24, 2012

Villa Park, England

Lowton delighted with point

Aston Villa defender Matthew Lowton was thrilled to pick a point in their goalless draw against Arsenal which lifted them out of the Premier League relegation zone.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, Villa nearly snatched all three points at the death but Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny denied substitute Brett Holman.

Lowton said: "It's a fantastic point, even though we're at home. We've had a tough three fixtures and two defeats coming into this one, it was vital we got a point.

"The lads defended well and we created some great chances. The draw's fantastic and we need to keep the momentum into Tuesday night (against Reading). We had to reshape a bit but everyone from the top two to the back, everyone defended fantastically and that's why we got the clean sheet.''

Villa came into the encounter having conceded a two-goal lead in their 3-2 defeat against Manchester United two weeks ago before being hammered 5-0 at Manchester City last week.

It has been an unforgiving schedule for Villa but striker Andreas Weimann believes they are improving under boss Paul Lambert.

"I think we've been playing quite well the last few weeks,'' he added on ESPN. "Those three fixtures are really hard for any team and against Manchester United we did well, unfortunately we couldn't hold on to a point or all three points and then Manchester City, I think we were well in the game until the penalty.

"Today we showed that we're really a team. Everyone ran their socks off for each other and I think it's a great point in the end.''

Weimann had the ball in the net after Ciaran Clark's shot from a free-kick by Barry Bannan dropped into his path but he had strayed offside.

"Yeah I thought I was offside but you've still got to celebrate and let them (the officials) make the decision,'' added the Austrian.

Lambert has learnt much of his side following their tough run of fixtures and although the midlands club are just a point above the relegation zone, he predicts better times lie ahead.

"We can compete. I think we've got goals in us. The front three are a handful,'' said the Scot. "They've taken a lot of knocks but the way we're playing at the minute we'll be fine.''

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