Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has paid tribute to fans for sticking with his young team.

Villa face a six-pointer tonight against Sunderland.

Lambert said: "The Villa fans have been brilliant. They have been excellent even though we have taken some beatings when I think a lot of people could have turned away. But they have stayed with us. It's a club with history and tradition. They have won big things here. Any team that has won a European Cup, there's always pressure there."