The young Belgian has had an impressive start to life in the English top-flight, and his manager is clearly impressed with the impact the striker has made in what has otherwise been a underperforming season for the club.
“Benteke has been colossal for us, he’s been unplayable in certain games,” said Lambert.
“He’s excellent, the big guy, and he’s only 21 years, that’s what people have to remember.
“The guy deserves to be in the side, he’s been absolutely terrific for the club.”
Speculation about Darren Bent’s future at the midflands club surrounded the start of the game due to his absence from the squad, but Lambert was quick to deny rumours of a feud with the Englishman and that his place in the squad is under threat.
“If there was [a falling out] I'd be the first to tell you. He’s fit and he’s training really fine, I just tried to pick a team that I thought would win the game,” he said.
“Everybody [has a future at the club], I don’t have any problems, I just try and pick the right team and do what’s right for Aston Villa football club and I’ll always continue to do that.”
The manager also added that he expected a tough game from the newly promoted side, despite assumptions it would be a certain three points.
“You just have to keep going. I’ve been in this game long enough to know that you’ll get late goals all the time and thankfully Christian came out with the header.”