The Villa Times - 05/11/2007
Unoial Villa News...
Liverpool's on loan goalkeeper Scott Carson has said he would 'welcome' a permanent move to Villa Park. Carson said: 'I think something has been agreed whereby, if everyone is happy, it could be made a permanent transfer. That's obviously up to the boss but it's something I would welcome. I want to establish myself as a number one and preferably I would like to do it here. I've been out on loan a lot over the past couple of seasons and it's not easy when you keep moving up and down the country. It would be nice to settle at a club that I like and where the fans like me.' Full article: Click Here
Zat Knight is fighting to keep his concentration and not make sloppy mistakes, he told the official site: 'I've been pleased with my form and I think I've come in and had a good start. I've played about seven or eight games and played every game since I've been here, which is pleasing.' Adding 'I think everyone can see the qualities with me but sometimes things do go a bit too easily for me. When I think I'm in that comfort zone, that's when I do slip-up because I don't go that extra mile. If I did have that concentration maybe I could be a much better player than I am. That' something I'm trying to better and I'm working hard to improve on.'
Villa reserve games will be played at Walsall's Bescot Stadium through the winter, and take on Tottenham tonight, ko 7pm. The reserves remain unbeaten so far this season.
Martin O'Neill says Ashley Young can become 'a really great player'. He said of the former Watford winger, 'When he came here, he took a while to find his feet after scoring on his debut but you can see now his confidence is sky high and he has that ability to go past players. I believe he can become a really great player. He came in for a bit of harsh treatment today but he is expecting that and Derby were going to play hard. But at the moment his confidence is so high he feels something is going to happen every time he gets the ball.'
Martin Laursen says former Villan Liam Ridgewell should get a good reception from the Villa faithful. 'There's always a lot of passion from the fans, so it takes a lot of courage to move across the city from Villa to Birmingham. Liam's done that and I would hope the Villa supporters will show him some respect when the two sides meet next week. I know what this game means to supporters, but don't forget Liam did a lot of good things for Villa as well. He just happens to be playing for another club now.'
Meanwhile Martin Laursen is putting our strikers to shame and says he'll give them a 'run for their money' this season! He told www.avfc.co.uk: 'We kept a clean-sheet as well, but the goal pleases me most of all. It was important to get the breakthrough and I will enjoy my goal because it helped us a lot. I'm the second highest scorer now - not bad for a central defender!'
Villa will have to sweat on the fitness of winger Ashley Young ahead of the local derby v Blues after he came off v Derby County with a groin problem. Martin O'Neill said: 'Ashley was suffering with a tight groin when he came off and we are hoping he might be okay after a couple of days. We will monitor things. He has been doing so well for us, has been full of confidence and feels something is going to happen everytime he gets the ball.'
Stiliyan Petrov has said he is happy to be back in the team but adds that it is the team that matters not him. 'It was good for me to get another start. I've always said it's about being a team and it doesn't matter who starts game or who comes off the bench. It's important how we do as a team and where we finish at the end of the season. This has been a big challenge for me, to force my way back into the team. Like everybody else, nobody is safe, so we're all working hard and trying to get our place in the team.'
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Gareth Barry doesn't look like he intends to leave Aston Villa any day soon after talking about his pride that he has reached the 300 mark (the youngest player in the Premiership to get to that mark) and is now looking to catch Charlie Aitken's 656 appearance record. The Villa skipper told the official site that the testimonial is a great achievement because so few players get them in the modern game. 'There's only something like one a year being played now it seems and it would be a good achievement and very satisfying to do it as a club as big as Villa. I'm not sure who I'd like to play in my testimonial - Inter Milan, AC Milan? Will they have heard of me? Maybe Brighton!' Full quotes: Click Here
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