Hull 0-0 Villa verdict: Lambert sees the bigger picture
Paul Lambert accepted that neither side deserved to win this contest - but revealed his delight at the progress being made by his young lions.
Lambert was happy with the commitment of his charges but admitted they lacked a cutting edge in front of goal, something they are not usually short of.
Villa boss Lambert took a holistic view of the start to the season - including this draw at the KC Stadium - and pointed to obvious growth in the group.
He said: "I don't think either side did enough to win the game. It wasn't a great game for people to watch. But we have been involved in some big matches this year and this is a hard place to come.
"A point away from home, especially in this league is something really valuable.
"It was stalemate. We had one or two half chances but it wasn't enough to win the game.
"I couldn't fault the lads for work-rate and trying to do the right things.
"We had a lot of the ball, especially in the first half. We looked dangerous at times but we didn't have that cutting edge that we normally have.
"I can't recall Brad really making a save. The clean sheet is a big thing and a point away from home means three games having not being beaten."
On the development of his players, he continued: "They are growing into the league.
"Fabian is playing ever so well. He was excellent. Libor led the line great again. Some of his link-up play and touches were fantastic.
"There are a lot of big pluses now for the team. It's growing together, there's no doubt. We might have lost this game last season. But all credit to them.
"We have a pretty good return on points. A point away from home is a tough thing to get."
Lambert was also pleased to see Gabby Agbonlahor and Ashley Westwood back in the side after a spell on the sidelines.
He added: "Gabby is just back from an injury. He only trained on Thursday. It's minutes under his belt along with Westwood."
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