We use the English idiom ‘better late than never’ to show that we are relieved that somebody or something is coming, while at the same time expressing annoyance that they or it will be late.
[On the phone:]
Peter: Will you be able to bring my laptop back tonight? I really need it to finish my assignment.
Greta: Sure. I’ll be round at about ten. Will that be alright?
Peter: I’ll probably be asleep by then, Greta!
Greta: Sorry! I won’t be there till at least ten, because I’m working at the club till nine thirty.
Peter: OK. Don’t worry. Better late than never.