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Villa 0-0 Sunderland verdict: Lambert looks to positives

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Villa 0-0 Sunderland verdict: Lambert looks to positives


Paul Lambert looked to the positives after the 0-0 draw with Sunderland.

Lambert admitted frustration that his team were unable to break down a resolute Black Cats defence.

But he was pleased with the defensive sturdiness of his team as they clocked up their fifth clean sheet this season - the same amount as the whole of the last campaign.

He said: "It was frustrating, yes. I don't think we deserved to win it or lose it. But it was another clean sheet on the positive side of it.

"It's now the same amount of clean sheets as last season.

"Some lads have come back and got more game time, which is another positive. But on the whole we didn't deserve to win the game. We didn't do enough to win. I didn't think we were going to lose it either.

"You have got to keep building. That's four unbeaten now. You always look to the positives. That's the beauty of it.

"It's another game that we might have lost last year. That's the good thing.

"Lads have come back from injury, it's another clean sheet, it's another point and it's another game unbeaten. There's ways to look at it.

"Yes I am disappointed not to win the game. But you always have to be positive."

Lambert was pleased with the contributions of Gabby Agbonlahor and Marc Albrighton - and backed Christian Benteke to come through his own personal barren spell in front of goal.

He continued: "Gabby was a spark who could make things happen.

"Gabby has done very little. He only trained on Friday and he's been out a long time. But the 90 minutes will do him the world of good. He looked very good.

"Since I have been here Marc has been unfortunate with injuries. I let him go to Wigan to get some games and I think he did really fine.

"I thought he deserved to be back in the squad and he looked alright.

"He needs a little run. He can certainly cross the ball, that's for sure. He just needs a break where he can sustain it.

"Christian has not scored. He's having a bit of a barren spell as all players do but I have never seen a player alive who has not had a barren spell.

"You have to keep going. That's football. It builds up your character. He will come through it."

Lambert also spoke of his pride at seeing HRH, the Duke of Cambridge, in the crowd for the clash.

He joked Prince William wouldn't be watching be highlighting of the goalless encounter.

He added: "I don't think he will watch Match of the Day.

"It's the first time he's been here. It's a great thing.

"It was probably not an ideal one to come and watch.

"I knew he was coming to watch. It's a really nice thing for the football club."

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By @AVFCOfficial 30th November 2013
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