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High Praise For Gabby Agbonlahor

High Praise For Gabby Agbonlahor

Gabriel Agbonlahor said after the 2-1 win over Blues: 'Being a local lad, it means a lot to me to score in the derby but it was a great overall performance from the lads. It is nice scoring against an arch-rival but the most important thing is we won the game and the character we showed will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.'

He also said that the Claret and Blue army inspired the team, explaining, 'When we were warming up, the Villa fans were really loud and that made the lads really want to do even better in the game and showed them how much it means to the fans. Even when we conceded the goal, the fans kept rooting for us and we showed our appreciation at the end by throwing them our shirts.'

Gabby has also come in from some high praise from Villa boss Martin O'Neill and former Gunner and now Sky pundit Alan Smith.

Brummie Smith was impressed with the hot shot striker saying in the Daily Telegraph, he enthused: 'You can hardly complain that he doesn't rise to the occasion, that he doesn't come up trumps in the big games. First an opening goal against Manchester United last month proved Gabriel Agbonlahor possesses a big-match temperament. And now this - the all-important strike in yesterday's second city derby, a winner against Birmingham that would have tasted so sweet to this Aston Villa fan born just down the road. You could hardly blame him for the wild celebration, a dive into the crowd along with several team-mates for which our good friend, Steve Bennett, flourished a yellow card. No matter. Agbonlahor had proved once again that he has developed into a front runner of real potential.'

He also says that graduation from England U21's to the full squad can't be far away. With Shrek of Manchester United now injured, who knows McClaren might come calling very soon?

Meanwhile MON says Gabby is like 'Stan Collymore at his best'. High praise indeed.

'I am really pleased with him. He has improved leaps and bounds in the last 15 months. He had a great first season and there is no second season syndrome with him. He has come roaring out this season and is improving all the time. He has a wonderful attitude to the game and is prepared to work. I am very pleased with him and pleased for him. It is a great goal to win the game as was his one against Manchester United. He is doing great.'

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday November 12 2007
Time: 4:28PM


well done gabby but you need to go and grab yourself 20 goals for us first ;)
12/11/2007 16:36:00
Gabby has the right attitude and is getting better by the game....Luke Moore could do no worse that to take a leaf out of the same the way, has anyone noticed how quiet the noses are today? wonder why?
12/11/2007 17:42:00
This boy could become our regular 20 goal man.... he needs a partner who will chip in with their fair share as well, do we have that player at the club.... jury is out on that one as far as I am concerned
12/11/2007 17:44:00
He may never be a 20 goal a year guy but if he can score the big ones when the game is on the line that might just be enough to make him a legend! He has had a few really nice ones but his strike vs the blose will make him a Hero to many for a long time.
12/11/2007 19:35:00
He is never injured, never suspended, very rare for him to have a bad game, scores goals, lightening quick, holds the ball well, great temprement, doesnt do a j lloyd with the earing and white boots. And he is a villa fan. Give him a ten year contract!!
12/11/2007 19:44:00
'Never injured' - hmm, that comment worries me. I've just about 'trained' my missus not to say 'the motorway is quiet today' ... :o)
12/11/2007 19:57:00
Yeah, I seem to remember him playing with a dodgy ankle last Christmas - mainly because we had no cover for the right wing. Even when injured he still wants to play. Quick players always get injured eventually - comes with the trade. I see alot of commentators are saying start with Gabby and Young behind Crouch for the England friendly - they are saying Gabby has proved his big game credentials this year. I say go for it. Well done kid.
12/11/2007 21:01:00
He's as dull as dishwater in his interviews,a good sign I think.
12/11/2007 21:28:00
Don't care about his interviews provided he continues to play well and scores goals. The lad loves playing and that is the most important thing
12/11/2007 22:34:00
He loves the word "Really".... Gabby For England has to be the new chant. I know no one really listened for years when we sang "Barry For England" but he got there in the end. Or maybe it should just be "Villa For England"
Adam Deuce
13/11/2007 00:23:00
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