Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Gardner Determined To Succeed

Gardner Determined To Succeed

Craig Gardner has admitted it'll be no easy task to get into the first team this year, but he's going to keep on trying and he's determined to call a first team spot his own.

Speaking on the official site Craig has admitted that this is the season where he needs to get some real action and make a proper claim for a midfield spot.

Some of us are dying to see him get a run of 5-10 games in the centre so he can really show us what he's made of but sadly he's below Reo-Coker, Petrov, Sidwell and now it appears young Delph in the pecking order.

A terrific shame for the no nonsense midfielder who also has a cracking shot to boot.

'This is a massive season for me. I'm 22 now and I want to be involved in more games. Last season I played in quite a few cup ties but not as many Premier League games as I would have liked.

'All I can do is work hard in training and hope I get picked. But there's a lot of competition for places, so it won't be easy.'

Gardner admits himself that the centre of midfield is his preferred position but development wise he seems to have become stuck in a rut every since he was asked to deputise for our centre halves at right back. With Stuart Pearce also deciding 'such flexibility' could be an asset for the U21's, Gardner has struggled to recapture the form he showed when he first broke onto the scene.

He is however determined to get back on track.

'I'm not the kind to roll over. I intend to keep working hard and fighting for a place.

'We'll just have to see what happens. It's good to be part of such a great set-up. We have the right people here in terms of the manager and the staff and I think we will do well again.'

Bookmark and Share



*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

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

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday September 7 2009
Time: 11:38AM

Comments

0
Gardner should definitely be given an extended run in the 1st team. I'd play him ahead of Sidwell in the 4-5-1/4-3-3 formation.
StuLinney
07/09/2009 12:25:00
0
Gardner should definitely be given an extended run in the 1st team. I'd play him ahead of Sidwell in the 4-5-1/4-3-3 formation.
StuLinney
07/09/2009 12:25:00
0
he's got the right attitude, be interesting to see if he does get a chance this year.
The Fear
07/09/2009 16:36:00
0
he's got the right attitude, be interesting to see if he does get a chance this year.
The Fear
07/09/2009 16:36:00
0
brilliant, thats a complete contrast to Heskeys ' you can have my england spot' statement today. Your right Fear, he's got the right attitude.
bobbyfett
07/09/2009 17:22:00
0
brilliant, thats a complete contrast to Heskeys ' you can have my england spot' statement today. Your right Fear, he's got the right attitude.
bobbyfett
07/09/2009 17:22:00
0
I am fortunate enough to be reasonably close to people who know of Craigs situation. At one stage Fulham were sniffing and it looked likely that he could go. However, he is a Villa man through and through and wants to stay and fight for his place. The reason that Craig hasn't done a 'Steve Davis' or 'Luke Moore' is all down to attitude. M'ON has never guaranteed him anything but does not want him to leave. He is actually a typical M'ON type footballer (committed, hard working, first class attitude, not too big for his boots). Craig is genuinely one of those who can make a big impact in the game. On a personal level I am aware of the volume of community projects he gets involved with. The lad is an absolute diamond and somebody that we should be proud to call one of our own. And the word is that his brother Gary is tipped to be a bigger star than Craig. I think I recall Glensider singing his praises recently as well??
voiceoftheholte
08/09/2009 16:01:00
0
I am fortunate enough to be reasonably close to people who know of Craigs situation. At one stage Fulham were sniffing and it looked likely that he could go. However, he is a Villa man through and through and wants to stay and fight for his place. The reason that Craig hasn't done a 'Steve Davis' or 'Luke Moore' is all down to attitude. M'ON has never guaranteed him anything but does not want him to leave. He is actually a typical M'ON type footballer (committed, hard working, first class attitude, not too big for his boots). Craig is genuinely one of those who can make a big impact in the game. On a personal level I am aware of the volume of community projects he gets involved with. The lad is an absolute diamond and somebody that we should be proud to call one of our own. And the word is that his brother Gary is tipped to be a bigger star than Craig. I think I recall Glensider singing his praises recently as well??
voiceoftheholte
08/09/2009 16:01:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Adams Turns Professional

Recent Aston Villa Articles

What Can The Matter Be Ross?

Well this was a little bit of an unexpected turn of events over the weekend...Ross McCormack, a locked gate and disciplinary issues.

Bruce Gives Preston Thoughts

Manager Steve Bruce has mixed reactions following our two all draw with Preston North End last weekend.

New Date For Bristol City

The upcoming Championship game against Bristol City at Villa Park has been moved.

Video Highlights & Post Match Coverage v PNE

Video highlights, select tweets, stats, fan reactions and so much more. Well, not that much more to be fair.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Player Of January Poll To Follow
Suggested By:
My cup runneth over34%
How very exciting66%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 27 19 1 7 58 33
2 Brighton 26 17 6 3 57 24
3 Huddersfield 27 15 4 8 49 2
4 Leeds Utd 27 15 3 9 48 10
5 Reading 26 14 4 8 46 2
6 Sheff Wed 27 13 6 8 45 5
7 Derby County 27 12 7 8 43 6
8 Barnsley 27 12 5 10 41 5
9 Fulham 26 10 10 6 40 13
10 Norwich 27 12 4 11 40 5
11 Preston 27 11 7 9 40 3
12 Birmingham 27 9 10 8 37 -5
13 Aston Villa 27 8 12 7 36 1
14 Ipswich 27 9 7 11 34 -5
15 Brentford 27 9 6 12 33 -1
16 Cardiff 26 9 6 11 33 -9
17 Q.P.R. 27 9 6 12 33 -11
18 Wolves 27 8 8 11 32 -3
19 Forest 27 8 6 13 30 -7
20 Bristol City 27 8 3 16 27 -4
21 Wigan 27 6 7 14 25 -8
22 Burton 27 6 7 14 25 -11
23 Blackburn 27 6 7 14 25 -12
24 Rotherham 27 4 4 19 16 -33
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Rosberg lacked passion for F1
Latest Vital Boxing News
Adams Turns Professional
Vital Football Comment

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Bristol City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 31 2017 7:45PM : Brentford (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 4 2017 5:30PM : Nottingham Forest (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 20 2017 8:00PM : Newcastle United (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear536
2.JuanPabloAngel332
3.Silhillvilla320
4.Fulford301
5.sirdennis283
6.Villan57220
7.Melon Donkey171
8.BodyButter165
9.villasince67133
10.danvilla2130
Write for Vital Football