Steven Gerrard hopes Aston Villa victory will bring happiness to Prince William
Gerrard had spoken before the game about his desire to give the Prince, a lifelong Villa supporter, a performance he could be proud of.
And he later revealed how William had been in touch with the club during an emotional week for the Royal Family.
Gerrard said: “I think it shows what he thinks about this club and the support he wants to give.
“For us to reward that with a result and a clean sheet, I’m sure he will be very proud.
“The messages were like ‘would love to be there’, but everyone understands their own personal situation.
“He is constantly in touch. He is very supportive of the boys individually. I told him about all of them.
“It’s really impressive, his knowledge. How much is in it. It certainly brought me back and surprised me at how involved he is in Villa. For him to send a message like he did was really impressive.
“I’m sure he already knows the result, knowing it and how much he loves this club.”
Villa observed a minute’s silence before the match before a rousing rendition of the national anthem. There was also a minute of applause in the 70th minute.
On the pitch, Jacob Ramsey scored his first goal of the season to give Villa their second win of the season.
Gerrard said: “Where we were before the game, in terms of the result and the league position, it was about the result and the outcome of the game.
“It was neither elegant nor pretty. Tonight was all about resilience, courage, character and cohesion, to really own the pitch.
“That side of the game was really impressive. We know we can play better, but tonight it all depended on the result.