Prince of Wales sent a message of support to Aston Villa ahead of the Southampton game

The Prince of Wales nonetheless sent a message of support to Aston Villa as they mourn the death of the Queen, boss Steven Gerrard has revealed.

Jacob Ramsey’s first-half winner sealed a bumpy 1-0 win over Southampton on Friday after Villa Park paid tribute to the Queen.

Villa climbed to 13th after a second win of the season – and their first clean sheet since April – on a night that began with a minute’s silence and the national anthem.

William, a lifelong Villa fan, is staying in London ahead of his grandmother’s state funeral on Monday but has nonetheless offered his support to Gerrard and his team.

Gerrard said: “He sent a message to the club in the week and that says everything about what he thinks of this club. If we reward that with a result and a goal, I’m sure he’ll be proud.

“It was like ‘would like to be there’. He’s in touch all the time. He’s very supportive of the boys individually, he loves them. It’s really impressive, his knowledge and how committed he is to it.

“It definitely brought me back. He is very involved in Villa. It’s really impressive that he’s sending messages in the situation he’s in.

“Where we were before the game in terms of where we were in the table, it was about the result. It wasn’t pretty or stylish, it was all about resilience, courage, character and owning the pitch.”

For 34 minutes there was nothing to spark both teams in a miserable game until Philippe Coutinho shot over the goal.

Fans at Villa Park paid tribute to the Queen (Image: Isaac parkin/PA)

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It at least woke Villa up with Coutinho and John McGinn – who admitted he would have turned off the game had he watched it on TV – trying to force the issue.

The urgency worked and the hosts conceded when they were ahead four minutes before the break.

Coutinho’s header at the far post was saved by Gavin Bazunu, but the Brazilian was worked in from the corner to put in a cross for Ollie Watkins.

His header was turned onto the bar by Bazunu, looping the ball and Mohammed Salisu could only nod to Ramsey to put the ball in.

This was as good as it got in a desperately bad quality game. Leon Bailey drilled wide and Douglas Luiz tried his luck from a corner before half-time was over, but the second half left a lot to be desired.



It definitely brought me back. He is very involved in Villa. It’s really impressive that he’s sending messages in the situation he’s in

Steven Gerrard on the Prince of Wales

Stuart Armstrong looked wide in stoppage time – the best a struggling Southampton could manage as they suffered a third defeat in four games.

“We’ve seen better games in the Premier League this season,” said Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl. “They had the one thing to score and we didn’t have any.

“It was far from Premier League level, from both sides. We weren’t good enough on the ball to do anything seriously.

“It was similar to the Wolves game (1-0 defeat) but we didn’t have any chances. It was difficult to say what it was, after the first two or three games we were a bit scared.

“Some players have to adapt to that level and it will take time. This is not surprising. We were the worst of both teams.”

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