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Gabby Looking For Storming Finish

Gabby Agbonlahor is looking for an improvement in the points haul as Villa enter the final quarter of the season and says the aim is still to finish in the top half to the table.

The England Under-21 international said:

'Our main aim is to improve on last season because we finished poorly and if we can improve on that, then that's a plus. This is a chance to get a rest, but also a chance to keep the fitness levels and have a bit of team-bonding as well.'

Adding 'It's a strange time to have a break and to have three weeks without a game is weird really. But it's an opportunity to do some hard training and come back fresh for the Fulham game. (March 3) Hopefully, Fulham will be more tired than us when we play them because they've had a few games lately. All through the season we don't really feel tired in games because we get the right amount of rest during the week, but we do the right amount of work too.'

Although he admits being an ever present up to the last game when he was subbed has taken a strain.

'Before the Reading match I was a bit tired and felt as if I needed a rest. During the game I felt jaded and tired and I had pains in my ankles and calves and I think that's why I came off. It was still a surprise though - I turned around and when I saw the number 15, it felt weird really. The gaffer hadn't warned me it was coming, but I was expecting it at some point, because no one's expected to play every single minute of every game for the whole season.'

'As a player, you want to play, especially if you're doing well, but a three-week break can work in our favour for tired players because it might enable them to return fresher. It's surprised me to be as involved as I have this season, but as a young kid, that's your aim. If you get a chance, it means you're doing well and if the gaffer picks you every week, you don't want to abuse your position. I've got to repay his faith in me and do well by him for all the times he's picked me.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 22 2007

Time: 3:51PM

Your Comments

I am always worried when Villa have a break. Yes it gives the players chance to rest and recharge their batteries, but they always seem to come back ring rusty after a long break.
jonah
Who's got a rusty ring?
Adam Deuce
Well Gabby let's hope you have had some, going past your man one on one training as you need to use your pace to go past people.As a striker or winger...come on son
OneloveVilla
Doesn't seem five minutes ago that we were dancing with delight at The Emirates as Olof headed us 1-0 up, now here we are talking about the final run in. It would be very nice to end the season with the same sort of run that we began the campaign. Beating both the red scousers and the Arsenal would make me a happy camper. Bout time we whipped one of the so called 'big four'.
glensider
We need points and quick I have a 10 on with a gerordie we willl finish higher than them seemed a good bet in November. Nevermind i'll double or uits for next season!
iomvilla
If memory serves me right we have now had this same message from, Petrov, Barry, Olaf the Great and now Gabby, time to stop talking a good fight and actually going onto the pitch and rewarding the fans with a comfortable win, you know the kind of win when its game over for the opposition after an hour.
col8
You really do need to get over this bad run of form....and quickly!
sandgroanun
Fulham were unlucky yesterday, here's hoping they are next week too.
jonah
Hopefully Gabby's been working on his ball control over there in sunny Espana. That has got to improve to enable him to reach his potential.
glensider
 

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