Dour draw not fit for royal audience says Lambert

AFP| Updated: Dec 01, 2013, 10:25 AM IST

London: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert admitted Prince William couldn`t have picked a worse time to make a surprise appearance at Villa Park as his side played out a dour 0-0 draw against Sunderland.

William, the heir to the throne, is a long-time Villa supporter and he donned a club scarf and coat while watching the Premier League fixture from owner Randy Lerner`s executive box on Saturday.

Unfortunately, Villa failed to produce a royal command performance in a lacklustre encounter featuring little goalmouth action and few talking points.

Lambert, who didn`t get the chance to meet the Duke of Cambridge, conceded it was unlikely his club`s royal fan would be rushing home to watch highlights of the match.

"I don`t think he`ll watch Match of the Day," Lambert said.

"It`s great, it`s the first time since I`ve been manager here that he`s been here, which is a great thing. But it probably wasn`t an ideal game for him to come and watch."

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was happy to spoil the royal visit and he hoped his struggling team`s gritty performance would have earned at least grudging admiration from William.

"Is he not happy with me?," Poyet said.

"He might have been thinking we`re going to beat Sunderland because they are bottom and he didn`t.

"So he might think `look at this lot, they can play a little bit`."