Craig Gardner Looking To Keep Starting Place
Villa midfielder Craig Gardner has told the Express & Star that waiting for his chance has been difficult but following his start on Tuesday night against Portsmouth, he isn't wanting to give back his place to Steve Sidwell.
The homegrown Villa boy said after his 10 month wait for a Premiership start:
'It’s been hard, but you have to look at how well we have been playing. But the fact we were still winning and yet the manager decided to put me back in was a massive confidence boost. I think things went well, it was a really good result but we are now up against a decent side in Wigan who are on a good run. It’s up to the gaffer to pick his side, hopefully I have taken my chance.'
He also says that the team are all friends and he doesn't feel like he's pinched Sidwell's place!
Be interesting to know why Sidwell was benched, just a rest or something to give him a bit of a wake up call after a few slightly less than great performances? Still think he'll be a very important player for Villa, he just needs to find his shooting boots like he had on against Wigan away where he scored a great goal.
So what do you reckon, will Gardner keep his place or will Sidwell be back in the starting line up against Wigan?