Lambert says that it was a hard decision to drop Given, although he believes it was the right one.
"Any decision you make to leave anybody out is really, really tough. Shay is a world-class goalkeeper and has been for the last 15 years, but I made a decision I thought was right for the football club and the two saves Brad made, one in the first half and the free-kick at the end, were world class," said Lambert.
"It's the team that's more important and I am sure Shay understands that the team is the most important thing. I spoke to him yesterday. He was disappointed, but it's not changed my opinion of Shay Given. He is a world-class goalkeeper.
"I just thought this was the right decision."
The point was Villa's first of the season.