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Villa boss Martin O'Neill has said Gavin McCann is far more than the 'bread and butter' player that David O'Leary labelled him as and says he has been 'terrific' this season.

'He's been absolutely terrific. Other than the occasional game, he's been really good since the start of the season. I don't think it's fair to say he's just a 'bread and butter' type of player. I think that McCann has got much more than that. If 'bread and butter' means underrated, fair enough. Some people can go around and be more showy, but he's there all the time.'

Adding, on the official site: 'If he was just doing a holding role for us, getting it and giving it to someone, I could understand saying he was a 'bread and butter' player. But he's actually trying to do more for us. He's actually trying to get us on the attack. He's doing a lot and he's been terrific.'

'He's like a Neil Lennon type. I think he's got the ability like Lennon to attract the ball. He doesn't have to worry about going looking for it, he's one of those players that will attract it and he can use it. That's the great thing about him. He's wanting to do everything for us at the moment, whereas if we can get a bit more help in, he might have a wee bit less to do.

'What I'm trying to do is help players like McCann. These are the players who deserve it. They've been here a while now and need help. It's not just for the players. I want it for us and for the football club.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday January 11 2007
Time: 2:57PM


right folks i'm gonna put the cat amongst the pigeons here. I know McCann is playing well this season but is he really that good? My OPINION is that he is an excellent back up player but not much more than that, my thinking is, if he was put up for sale tomorrow he would not be joining any of the top clubs.
11/01/2007 18:15:00
you have a point Mack, however, the flip side of this is that maybe were now seeing the kind of player he should have been now that he's with a decent manager?. regardless though, and as you have said, we should acknowledge the effort he has put in. we miss him when he's not there !!
11/01/2007 19:40:00
McCann is a digger Mr O'Neill !!! He looks good because the rest are so poor . He wouldn't get near a place in a top six team. That's why we are bottom half! I worry sometimes he thinks Petrov is a world beater and now McCann is a footballer? Too much time in the SPL Martin!
11/01/2007 19:40:00
Not going to knock him and not going to fault him. He's playing the best football of his VP career right now, doing the business week in week out.
11/01/2007 19:44:00
I never knock his effort . He wins lots of the ball but unfortunately gives it back to the opposition! Then wins it back again! That's why we don't score 4 midfielders who battle but couldn't pass wind! IMHO
11/01/2007 20:28:00
Give the guy a break - It's not his fault tha he hasn't got the quality arounded him that is needed to take advantage of his ball winning ability - Remember Des Bremmer - By himself he was just ordinary - with Mortimer, Cowans and, Morley he was the guy that supplied the bullets. Thats what is lacking at the mo.
11/01/2007 20:36:00
how can anyone knock McCann!! he always gives 100% and is one of the very few players who loves a good old fashioned crunching tackle.
11/01/2007 22:37:00
Is it not time the senior players started to lead the team, Barry cant do it all and players like McCann must start leading from the front.
11/01/2007 23:42:00
Good shout Villan57.He's just an average midfiled clogger in a poor side.his passing has always been woeful and he panics in possession. we need a grafter who can pick a pass once he's broken up play a la andy townsend.
12/01/2007 08:09:00
Sometimes wonder what some people want at times, the bloke has been working his balls off for the team all season. best 2 mil the club ever paid in my opinion!!
12/01/2007 08:21:00
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