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Barry Hails Unsung Nige

He’s no Makalelele, but Villa captain Gareth Barry believes that the man at the heart of the engine room, Nigel Reo-Coker is doing a vital job for the team.

In two weeks, the statto’s out there have claimed that Reo-Coker is the most frequent tackler (although not the most successfully percentage wise,) followed by a counter-claim that per-point of the average player, he is the worst summer transfer of any Premier League club.

Captain Barry however believes he is a “vital cog in the Villa machinery” (avfc.co.uk’s words, not mine!) Speaking to the official site Barry said:

“We are different sorts of players. Generally Nigel plays a deeper role. He does get forward a bit but, rather than try and play the killer ball, he will find me and hopefully I can get it up to the other lads.

“We complement each other very well and I think it is going very well. We both work hard to try to get the ball back although Nigel's role is one that won't get him the headlines.

“But we all realise Nigel is doing a job for the team and he is not the sort of person to worry too much about not getting the headlines. As long as he plays well and we pick up points, then that is more than enough for him.”

Reo-Coker was replaced by Zat Knight during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal having picked up an unknown injury, he is however expected to return to full fitness to take on George boot-thrower Boateng and co as Villa face Middlesbrough at home on Wednesday 12th March.




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Writer: Murph Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 6 2008

Time: 11:48AM

Your Comments

Love that picture of Coker Cola, wonder what he about to say?
young_jonah
i think its something like 'freddie ljunberg dresses like a.....'
bobbyfett
There is a strangely positioned head just below in front of him which looks like he is ****** Lee Hendrie in the ****
Villan444
Don't know why "helping Lee Hendrie in the event of him falling over" was censored?
Villan444
Good endorsement from GB. Lets face it, if the rest of his team mates are appreciative of his efforts, then clearly NRC is doing something right.
glensider
i would say he was good but unsung hero not sure maybe he is he seems to be consistent
ozanne park rangers
NRC has to be honest, disappointed me somewhat since his arrival. I've seen have good, bad, and completely indifferent performances, showing no consistency at all. Not quite what I expected on the strength of his leadership qualities both for England under 21's and WHU. Maybe I expected too much?
glensider
 

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