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Ashley Young - It's My Job!

Martin O'Neill and Gareth Barry singled out Ashley Young's contribution yesterday as 'world class'.

The Villa boss, who brought in Young from Watford in the January transfer window, said:

'Ashley was absolutely magnificent. He put in a real world-class performance. I wouldn't use those terms lightly but he was unbelievable. The crowd were on their feet every time he touched the ball. He was superb on the wing and then when he moved inside he played a wonderful ball through to Shaun Maloney for the winner. It was a great performance.'

Barry agreed telling the official site: 'He was brilliant. Throughout the game we fed him the ball and he tormented the Fulham defence, particularly the right-back who eventually got sent off. ' Adding those sort of performances could well get him a full England call up.

Barry also applauded Shaun Maloney for his match winning sub appearance. On the game and player he said:

'There's no better feeling than to win a game right at the death. Three points was massively important and we're really relieved. It was fantastic to get it in front of the Holte End too, that was special. I was really pleased for Shaun getting the winner. He showed great composure in front of goal. It's never easy coming on as a substitute. You've got to get up to speed with the pace of the game but he did it really well. There was a lot of pressure on his shoulders with that one on one but he did brilliantly to finish.'

Meanwhile, Ashley Young has taken the praise in his stride saying it's his job!

He explained on avfc.com 'My job is to score goals and create goals. That's what wingers do. I was as delighted at setting up Shaun's winner as I was scoring the equaliser. That's what I'm in the side for.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 26 2007

Time: 11:06AM

Your Comments

I thought that the equalizer was an OG. That's what it said on sporting life anyway.
Villain Of The North
Hey Martin, look what happens whebn you pay "over the odds" for a player, you get class!!! Don't be shy Martin, spend the cash and get more of Young's quality.
Villain Of The North
Ashley Young was simply outstanding yesterday. I have levelled a fair amount of criticism at MON lately, but for the signing of Ashley Young I must take my hat off to him.
mackaavfc
I agree with VOTN
Christo
I was very sceptical over the fee that we paid for Young, but so far this season his performances have looked more and more like we could have actually picked up a bargain.
murph
looks like we'll have to kick him off the park next week then :-)
merlin
Once he stops wasting the final ball he'll be a tremendous player for us. He's got a great coach there at Bodymoor Heath in Robbo. If he cant improve him, then nobody can.
glensider
How very normal and grounded to realise thats my job, this lad has both feet firmly on the ground (when hes not flying up the wing) I hope he keeps the same attitude throughout his Villa Career.
col8
An England prospect I'm sure. Only question is, when?
glensider
 

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