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Friday 23 February 2018

Aston Villa draw blank as future king looks on

Aston Villa 0 Sunderland 0

The Duke of Cambridge watches during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham
The Duke of Cambridge watches during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham

Drew Williams

Paul Lambert joked the Duke of Cambridge, who was in attendance at Villa Park yesterday, was unlikely to relive the highlights of a lacklustre goalless draw at home to Sunderland on 'Match of the Day' after a dour encounter.

Sunderland came closest to all three points as they chased their first away win of the season, although they return home with the first point on their travels since the end of August. Recalled striker Fabio Borini saw his glancing second-half header rebound off the crossbar, while Emanuele Giaccherini contributed a worthy contender for miss of the season from a mere four yards just before half-time. But that was about as good as it got for the majority of the 33,036 present.

Villa failed to provide much in the way of an attacking threat and star striker Christian Benteke was largely anonymous.

"I don't think we deserved to win the game, but I don't think we deserved to lose it," Lambert said.

Black Cats boss Gus Poyet saluted his players' display: "We made it difficult for Villa, we were brave on the ball, we created two or three chances. For a team at the bottom, playing away from home at Villa Park, I don't think it's too bad."

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