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Davies Debut As Villans Slay Rams

The Villa reserves served up a treat as they beat Derby 4-1 making it three wins in a row.

Curtis Davies not only made his Villa debut but also scored following a classy supply from Patrik Berger who played for 74 minutes following his return from a hamstring injury.

Davies says he is gunning for a first team start:

'The key for me was to come through the 90 minutes. I felt fine at the end - like I could go for another 90 minutes. I was just excited to be back out there and even the parts where maybe I was a little bit tired, adrenaline got me through. I feel fine now and I'm ready to kick on and get in that first-team. Even if I was fully fit, I haven't played any first-team games, so I need games like last night to get me back into it. The more games I play like that, hopefully the sooner I'll get to the first-team.'

Adding, 'Now I'll keep working hard in training, keep trying to impress and hopefully I'll get the nod. I'm ready for action. I've come through 90 minutes quite comfortably and if he does want to put me in, I'm ready to start.'

Swedish striker Tobias Mikaelsson scored a hattrick.

Villa reserves: Taylor, Lund, Earls, Osbourne, Lowry, Davies, Y.Bellon, Hogg, Mikaelsson, Stieber, Berger. Subs: Delfouneso (replaced Stieber 74), Bevan, Collins (replaced Mikaelsson 81), Clark, Weimann (replaced Berger 74).




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 19 2007

Time: 4:21PM

Your Comments

See you later Zat.
Villan444
A competent enough debut. Didn't have too much to do, and was certainly never stretched, but whatever he did, he did well. Looks comfortable on the ball, and seems willing to play the ball out of danger, as opposed to the big hoof upfield, that invariably ends up with the opposition back on the attack.
glensider
He's class, mark my words! Great signing considering all the teams outside the top 4 mafia wanted him. Like someone said earlier o this site; "once in the team he will be impossible to shift" - like Carson. We should be really positive about our team. We are bound to get quite a few ropey away results this season. If we can get wins instead of draws this season....
tarzan
Agree tarzan. We'll pick up our fair share of points on our travels this season, its the home form we have to improve upon. Turn last seasons home draws into victories, and we'll be o.k.
glensider
All looking good for the reserves, If Villa get more quality players people will have to stop calling them the stiffs.
col8
Who is this Swede that knocked in the other three goals? Is he worth a punt?
gwyllum18
If you'd have asked me that question last season gwyllum18, I'd have had to say that Tobias Mikaelsson had never particularly impressed me. His performance the other evening though was top drawer. He took his chances well, battled away throughout, and certainly caught the eye. I think that he's nineteen now, so definitely should be stepping up a gear, and on the evidence of what he served up against Derby, he's certainly capable of doing just that.
glensider
If just two or three players come through the reserves its a result and a saving of millions of pounds.
col8
 

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