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Gardner - The New Andy Townsend?

Gardner - The New Andy Townsend?

Craig Gardner has spoken about his future after scoring his first senior goal for Aston Villa at the weekend against Middlesbrough. The midfielder told the official site:

'I think the goal has been coming and now I've got it. The gaffer just told me to get into the box and get onto the end of things. Gabby did well to get the ball to me and, to be honest, it got stuck under my foot at first. But then I just tucked it away and then I just ran off. I didn't see it hit the net. As soon as I saw it go past Mark Schwarzer I just turned and ran. I didn't really know where I was going - I just ran until someone jumped on me.'

The 20-year-old added: 'To score your first goal in the Premiership is massive and I'm just grateful to the manager for giving me my chance. Hopefully I've repaid him a bit and hopefully I can repay a lot more. The goal came at a big time for us. I think it was virtually the last kick of the half. The manager really got behind us at half-time and you could tell we couldn't wait to get out there for the second-half.'

And quite rightly finished by praising the fans, 'The fans have been brilliant this season, following us all over the country. To go to Middlesbrough is a long journey, but I'm sure the result made it worthwhile for them.'

Martin O'Neill recently said he thought Gardner had a good future in front of him at Villa, if he carries on like this he might even be the next Andy Townsend, a tough midfielder who we never really replaced.

It now seems that the Villa boss is ready to tie Gardner to a similar long term deal that Gabriel Agbonlahor has recently agreed to.

'Obviously I want to keep Craig at the football club. His attitude is fantastic. I will definitely look at it (contract). I think a lot of him. He obviously got injured at the time when he got into the team, but his attitude in the reserves and his general ability. He is better infield than wide on the right-hand side. He got more into the game when we tucked him in, but he has done great.'



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday April 16 2007
Time: 1:51PM

Comments

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I still reckon Davis is a better prospect!! We should really play him or risk losing him - especially now his international manager is at Fulham and will surely make an offer if he takes the job full-time.
deano.avfc
16/04/2007 14:26:00
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Problem is that Davis is too similar to Petrov, if he wants regular first team football he may have to move. It's all a question of opinions, whether the manager will play him, team balance, who's available and whether the players can take us to the next level. If Charlton and West Ham are relegated, there's going to be few good players on sale.
tarzan
16/04/2007 16:16:00
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I remember hearing Sid Cowans refering to him as technically the best player he has ever had graduate from the academy. I think we all know there are no flies on Sid aswell !!!!!
Stig
16/04/2007 16:39:00
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Haven't seen enough of Gardner to comment. These comparisons are too easy to make. So many prospects at the
Gazvilla
16/04/2007 17:03:00
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Sorry about the last post... puta playing up......Haven't seen enough of Gardner to comment. These comparisons are too easy to make. So many prospects at the Villa presently but how many in 3 years time will be good enough for euro footy or Champs league? So many different things can happen - company they keep, attitude, coaching, lucky breaks. These kids will give MON a dilemma. If you play them they progress or you find out their level, but can a club afford this luxery.
Gazvilla
16/04/2007 17:07:00
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have to agree with deano.avfc think davis is a lot better than gardner at the moment.i am also worried about martin letting him go in the summer,i think it would be a big big mistake on our part.
Belfast Villain
16/04/2007 17:45:00
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I dont think Davis has done enough this season, however Gardner has definately taken his chances. Besides, Gardner is a replacement for McCann, wheres Davis, as tarzan said, is more of a Petrov, there is a place for both, but Davis needs to play better when he gets the chance.
xfranc
16/04/2007 18:51:00
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Personally I think it is fantastic we have the talent coming through and they are all getting chances- Ridgewell, Davis & Luke last year, Gabby, Osborne and Gardner this year.THE BIG QUESTION is are they good enough technically and consistently to merit not been dropped.Davis ran out of juice early this year, Cahill is a more natural defender than Ridgewell.The argument is they need games to get experience and to prove themselves.Yet on the other hand, bring in World class players they can train with will raise the bar further, as they need to compete and/or be better then them to get into the team.We need more really big players, when it comes to the business end of the season and to win trophies these are the players that make the difference.Ronaldo, Rooney and then you look at Sheva 30 mill & Essien 24mill...yet their goals in the Champ league semi, are pivotal, Ballack on Sunday!.Not that will speand that much but that is the calibre you need.Big players win games and we need big players so we can compete, the young lads will learn and if they are good enough they will be a part!..cream always rises to the top!, now 3 points against Posrtsmouth and Pardew to get relegated the cheeky pr!ck..please!
OneloveVilla
16/04/2007 19:06:00
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Stig- glad someone piked up on what "Sid" said last year. Gardner is certainly a "no-nonsense" player - just dous the simple things very well, despite his relative inexperience. He reminds me very much of the "incomparable" Scholes" when he was Craig's age. What a crop of talent is coming through the "Academy"- just let then all (Davis, Ridgewell, Osbourne, Gardner, Gabby, Moore, Young and Maloney) mature for a few more years and in the meantime graft 4 or 5 top quality international senior players alongside them. Job done - EUFA we'll soon be with you.
villacross
16/04/2007 19:51:00
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He's young, still has a lot to learn, but has certainly never let us down. He played very well on Saturday, arguably his best performance in a Villa shirt.
glensider
16/04/2007 20:25:00
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