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Lambert defends Villa crowd after 15-year low attendance

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has defended their no-show fans.

Just 25,311 watched Villa hold Southampton to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park, where Gabby Agbonlahor's opener - following Fraser Forster's gaffe - was cancelled out by Nathaniel Clyne.

It was the lowest crowd in the Premier League at Villa Park since a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in 1999, when just 23,885 turned up.

"People paid hard-earned money and they are still getting behind you, that's what this team needs," he said.

"They have been great, I've got nothing but compliments for the supporters here. It's a massive football club with massive expectancy levels and like you said it was cold and on Sky.

"I thought we were excellent in spells of the game and there were massive pluses. (Alan) Hutton was excellent and the two centre-backs were outstanding. (Jores) Okore has not played in 14 months and he was outstanding, Ciaran (Clark) took the lead and helped him, and Gabby was a threat the whole night."

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