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Kiraly Playing For Aston Fork

Despite ending up a loser against dirty dirty Bolton, on loan keeper Gabor Kiraly had a very quiet debut only really having to face one shot, that being the penalty. However he realises tomorrows game against Manchester United might be slightly more demanding.

Villa boss Martin O'Neill said: 'He didn't have any time to think about it (the loan move from Crystal Palace to replace Sorensen and Taylor out injured). And an interesting thing is, other than the day's training, he had to get used to a different ball as they use a different ball in the Championship.'

'He had a good session on Monday as he was getting used to it a bit more with the shooting session all day. He's a bit of an eccentric character, but most keepers are. He has already played a game and that should give him a lift and at least he's played a match at Villa Park and come through it.'

Adding: 'I'd imagine things will get busier on Saturday. We lost the Bolton game after a penalty got past him, but eventually he's going to be fully tested - no doubt about that. He's got the experience, he's played international football and I think so far he's enjoying it. But time will tell. A penalty beat him, but he had little to do, although I can nearly guarantee you that will change on Saturday.'

'It will be a test for him and for all of us, but the most important issue for him is he's looking forward to it, he's not shirking it.'

His job might be made more difficult unless the fog lifts, although on the flipside, maybe the Man Utd players won't be able to see each other and we'll sneak in! There could certainly be a few fixtures off tomorrow though if the forecast is right and the freezing fog continues, so keep an eye out before setting off!

The Hungary international keeper has recently stated he'd love to have another shot at the top level and be back in the Premiership. Talking about Hungary, did you know that Villa means fork in Hungarian? No, didn't think so, you do now though!!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 22 2006

Time: 8:37AM

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I bet Rooney and co just cant wait to face him.
DeanoVilla
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22/12/2006 09:22:00

hopefully Rooney will just fork off?!!! :o)
The Fear
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22/12/2006 09:27:00

Yea, what a crap keeper, couldn't even save a simple penalty!! Seriously though, lets hope he plays a blinder tomorrow, I think he might just need to if we are going to get anything out of the game.
jonah
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22/12/2006 09:48:00

Keepers who are a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic tend to raise their games against the big teams, so let's hope he players a blinder tomorrow
Geordie_Villa
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22/12/2006 10:19:00

There is something special happening at Villa Park, a true legend of the clubs history is coming back home from the wilderness, and once more stepping onto our beloved turf, and the capacity crowd will make our great stadium vibrate from the sheer volume, this wave of passion will hit our team like nothing else they have felt before, lifting their performance and passion, so as I look to my right and see 33%loss 33%draw 1%Win in the poll, apart from the missing %%??? (assumed it would be out of 100%) I get the impression there is a lack of faith, yes it is manure and yes they will want to bounce back, but for you lucky people who are there tomorrow, raise your voices just that bit more, let the lads know you are behind them, you may just lift them enough to surprise you all, so I will now add my vote to the win button, every dog has his day. UTV
steff_the_villan
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22/12/2006 10:38:00

Voted for the win too Steff. Hoping the Saunders factor will lift the crowd and have a knock-on-affect on the players.
jonah
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22/12/2006 11:07:00

It was like an omen this morning, was just about to go to bed at 1am, and flicked through the sport channels, starting at 1am espn classics, 1982 euro cup final, ok they chopped it down to a hour, but I didn't make it to bed till that was finished, and when all is said and done that was Saunders team, and yes there are loads out there who would call me a pie in the sky optimist, but it just feels like something special is happening at VP. so up the VILLA and yes I am going to put my money where my mouth is, and those odds on Petrov are too good to refuse.
steff_the_villan
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22/12/2006 13:40:00

Here's hoping that Gabor enjoys a tremendous Villa Park event tomorrow, namely a full house, the return of RS, and then a victory over the lads from OT for the first time in over a decade. Gabor, the stage is set for you to become a huge VP hero, even if only a temporary one. Good luck my Hungarian friend.
glensider
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22/12/2006 21:04:00

Hardly inspires me with confidence though. Am I being unfair?
glensider
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12/03/2007 00:24:00

 

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