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Cahill Up For The Challenge

Cahill Up For The Challenge

Gary Cahill has said he will fight to keep his place despite the increase in competition for places following the return to fitness of Martin Laursen and the ever present threat of Liam Ridgewell.

He told the official site 'I'm confident I can keep my place. I want to thank the manager for sticking by me. I've had a run of games now and it helps with consistency to play on a regular basis. Hopefully I can stay in the team and improve. My partnership with Olof has flourished. I think defensively we've been good. Freddy has done excellently at left back but then all the lads who've played have been impressive.'

'There's competition for places now too which keeps players on their toes. I'm certainly enjoying my time in the side and long may it continue. I've got Liam and Martin breathing down my neck but then again, there's competition throughout the squad. It's imperative for everybody to play well. Phil Bardsley has made a real impact. He's a good defender - particularly one on one. I've seen that in training He's confident on the ball and he defends well. He brings a lot to the team and he's a good lad off the field too.'

The lucky buggers are all off to training camp in Spain next week as Villa don't play again until March 3rd at Craven Cottage v Fulham (obviously!)

Cahill is taking the positives out of the break adding: 'It's a strange time of year. We've got to keep ticking along fitness-wise. We've played a lot of games so far this season, so at least this break gives us a good opportunity to rest up and be ready for when the games come thick and fast again.'

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday February 17 2007
Time: 11:20AM


Like Jordan, Cahill has his knockers but I reckon he is a decent player, and he spends less time on his back than Jordan :-)
17/02/2007 11:52:00
Yes col but personally I think Jordan looks better on her back than Cahill does :-) If your opinion on that differs however......... :-)
Villain Of The North
17/02/2007 16:57:00
Don't knock the knockers, we pay good money to see them um...I mean him play.
17/02/2007 22:06:00
never been a fan, too hard and unyielding.....but Cahill is good at his job and will only improve with the competition
18/02/2007 12:47:00
Gets caught in the wrong position at times... unlike Cahill
Hoss The Villain
18/02/2007 15:08:00
LOL@Villain of the North!
18/02/2007 20:58:00
Hear the knock of the knockers, until the hammer falls. But remember the act of the knocker, requires no brains at all. (Ron Saunders 1981 when people were saying Ipswich would win the league)
18/02/2007 21:36:00
A memorable Ron Saunders quote there Gazvilla. Well recalled. As for young Gary Cahill, I think he continues to improve and impress, learning all the time. Certainly deserving of his first team place right now, although of course soon to be facing very fierce competition from Martin Laursen, which is no less than he would expect.
19/02/2007 03:34:00
Cahill has virtually his whole career ahead of him. He must surely be on the verge of becoming an under 21 England international regular. What a talent.
15/03/2007 03:54:00
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