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Gabby Agbonlahor Hails Chris Sutton

Gabby Agbonlahor Hails Chris Sutton

Gabby Agbonlahor has heaped praise on new arrival Chris Sutton after they forged a decent partnership against Liverpool in the second half of the weekends 3-1 loss.

Gabby, now on four goals so far this season, told the official site:

'We weren't up to scratch in the first-half. But in the second-half there was more effort, we scored a goal and could have scored more. We were slow starting and didn't really get much of the ball, but fair play to Liverpool they did well. In the second-half we did a lot better. At half-time we knew we had to improve and wanted to go out there to show we could play a part in the game. We could have had more goals.'

And on the switch to the centre having played out wide most of the season, he added:

'I've always preferred playing down the centre and I thought I linked-up well with Chris Sutton. For the goal, I made the header and Chris spotted my run - luckily it went in. Chris is good to play alongside. He's good in the air, has a great first touch and he spots passes. So he's good to play with. I've got four goals now and I have to be pleased with that start. I've got to chip in with the goals as well, I can't just create. So four is a good start for me. We didn't start well at Liverpool and we've got to start well against Blackburn next weekend. If we do that, hopefully we can get a decent result and get back to winning ways.'

Having watched Blackburn lose to West Ham (2-1) yesterday, Rovers shouldn't hold any fear for Villa at home, but they won't be pushovers either. Ignoring the likes of Liverpool who have far more expensively assembled squads, it is teams like Blackburn we need to get points against as they are the ones who we'll be scrambling against to get into Europe come the end of the season.


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday October 30 2006
Time: 11:53AM

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Martin O'Neill has hinted Chris Sutton could be edging nearer to his first Villa start. The recent signing helped trigger an improved second-half display with an impressive substitute appearance at Liverpool on Saturday. The 33-year-old has now come off the bench in each of Villa's last three games as he bids for match fitness. And O'Neill reflected: "I just think that when Chris Sutton gets properly fit he can be an asset to us. "He will get fitter, no doubt about it, because he has not started a game for us. When you are coming on as a substitute it can sometimes take you 10-15 minutes to get into the flow of a game, and sometimes you never get a second wind. "But I thought he did great. And I told him afterwards in the dressing room that I thought he was splendid. He can play centre-forward. He is a decent centre-forward who can bring people into the game."
The Fear
30/10/2006 14:26:00
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The two of them seemed to link up well so maybe starting them together through the middle against Blackburn would be a good idea?
Tierney
30/10/2006 14:32:00
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Given the performances of Angel and Baros it can't be a bad idea to look to start someone else.
ooahPaulMcGrath
30/10/2006 16:44:00
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They formed a very decent partnership up at Anfield, and Chris Sutton very definitely deserves to start against Blackburn next Sunday, with Gabby alongside him as his strike partner. They make a very interesting pairing, and both can benefit from the others strengths. After witnessing the first half showing of messrs Angel and Baros, the Sutton/Agbonlahor pairing is surely the way to go?
glensider
30/10/2006 17:36:00
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Glensider, you make some good points. What about the midfield though? What about Petrov behind the front 2, Barry on the left, McCann in the middle and Davies on the right? I don't think Agathe will cut it.
Gazvilla
30/10/2006 17:53:00
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Amazing, all the anti-Sutton brigade have suddenly become supporters. So I guess his spell with Small Heath is forgiven now then. I, for one, don't give a monkey's bollocks where our players come from. I must say, I have never been a Sutton fan as I think he has an attitude problem but so far he's done everything right so maybe I stand to be proved wrong.....I hope I am!
Villain Of The North
30/10/2006 18:28:00
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MON is no mug, players who come to Villa either on a free or in January may raise the odd eyebrow, I think he has done brilliantly so far with one hand tied behind his back.
col8
31/10/2006 04:22:00
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I'd go with Sutton and Gabby against Blackburn. They looked to link up very well against Liverpool and JPA and Baros were awful yet again!
DeanoVilla
31/10/2006 09:34:00
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It is the fans who say he will be no good because he played for Small Heath that get me, these people are professional footballers, not fans, so they go where the jobs are. If, no WHEN, he starts scoring for us, I'm sure they'll all forget where he was last season, not as if his major part of the career was at the blues is it? Blackburn is the main one and then Celtic. Where else was he? Started at Norwich....
The Fear
31/10/2006 15:25:00
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