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Proud Night For Delfouneso

Nathan Delfouneso capped his England U21 debut with the consolation goal in the 2-1 loss to Greece.

Speaking on the Official Site today Delboy said he was hungry for more action both in our first team and at International level after getting a taste of the next step up.

He also said nerves weren't a problem when Stuart Pearce said he was going on, he just wishes it could've been a winning debut.

'It was a big positive for me. It was a proud moment for me and my family. Hopefully I made the club proud.'

Given the bits I saw of the match and the performance of his colleagues, Villa are potentially the only club proud today. So many 'next big thing' names that pundits have been raving about, and England seemed unable to control the ball or pass it 5 yards accurately for the most part.

Bad day at the office, but even if that's the case then Delboy has even more to be proud of as it's possible he's the only one who managed to focus well enough to do his job last night.

'That's what I'm there for, to pop up in the right places. I am a striker and that is what I am meant to do.'

Makes it sound so simple doesn't it, but he was also involved in the build up to the goal and as we've seen when he's in the claret and blue there is a lot more to his game than simply goal hanging and waiting to tap them in.

He hasn't quite got the chances I'd hoped he would this season, but next year maybe we can live in hope that all the chats of 'which' strikers won't score today will be long gone.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 4 2010

Time: 4:02PM

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Watched U21 and England game and was disappointed with both until our boys came on and woke me up . Delfouneso looked good when he came on after 70 mins and took his goal well .. he is delfinitely (:-) ready to partner Gabby . The England game was very average until our Jimmy came on and orchestrated the best move of the game , nearly scoring and setting up the goal that put us in the lead .. was disappointed in Capello using players that cant even get in their own first team and not using any Villa players until Milner in the 70th which justifies Youngs refusal to play for England in a way. Was also disappointed in Psycho not using Delph and waiting 70ish mins to use Delfouneso .
Doug4ever
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04/03/2010 17:10:00

Watched U21 and England game and was disappointed with both until our boys came on and woke me up . Delfouneso looked good when he came on after 70 mins and took his goal well .. he is delfinitely (:-) ready to partner Gabby . The England game was very average until our Jimmy came on and orchestrated the best move of the game , nearly scoring and setting up the goal that put us in the lead .. was disappointed in Capello using players that cant even get in their own first team and not using any Villa players until Milner in the 70th which justifies Youngs refusal to play for England in a way. Was also disappointed in Psycho not using Delph and waiting 70ish mins to use Delfouneso .
Doug4ever
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04/03/2010 17:10:00

I think Fonz might really be 'it' for us striker wise, seems to have a very natural instinct of where to be position wise, our current ones could learn a little from his BHA goal for example, instead of waiting for the ball to come to him, he anticipated and nipped in front of the defender to score.
The Fear
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04/03/2010 17:22:00

Got to echo what Doug said, U21 were attrocious, rarely able to pass 10 yards and never looked like scoring, until Del boy came on that is, he was obvious class with no wasted effort. Same with the senior team, they looked flat in the middle until the introduction of Wright-Phillips and Jimmy. Then Egypt barely got a look-in. Wish we'd re-signed Crouchy TBH also, he is so much better than Carew or Heskey.
Charizma
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04/03/2010 18:38:00

Got to echo what Doug said, U21 were attrocious, rarely able to pass 10 yards and never looked like scoring, until Del boy came on that is, he was obvious class with no wasted effort. Same with the senior team, they looked flat in the middle until the introduction of Wright-Phillips and Jimmy. Then Egypt barely got a look-in. Wish we'd re-signed Crouchy TBH also, he is so much better than Carew or Heskey.
Charizma
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04/03/2010 18:38:00

I think the Greek U21s put the English boys off with their filthy tackles and their diving was fooling the ref on most occasions There was a couple of times there was slight contact and 3 seconds later they went down in a screaming heap . It was like advantage diving .. if they didn't look like they were going to keep possession they took their dive .
Doug4ever
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04/03/2010 18:49:00

I think the Greek U21s put the English boys off with their filthy tackles and their diving was fooling the ref on most occasions There was a couple of times there was slight contact and 3 seconds later they went down in a screaming heap . It was like advantage diving .. if they didn't look like they were going to keep possession they took their dive .
Doug4ever
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04/03/2010 18:49:00

Del boy needs to get more first team action. I know MON likes the "big man / little man" thing but would it be such a bad idea to try Gabby AND Nathan together?
Adam Deuce
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04/03/2010 20:27:00

Del boy needs to get more first team action. I know MON likes the "big man / little man" thing but would it be such a bad idea to try Gabby AND Nathan together?
Adam Deuce
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04/03/2010 20:27:00

'That's what I'm there for, to pop up in the right places. I am a striker and that is what I am meant to do.' Mmmm pop up in the right places, maybe someone should point out to Heskey the centre circle doesn't have a goal in it, the goals are at either end of the pitch. Pointless anyway because unless he 'nips in front of the defender to score' the defender simply clears the cross. Surely is what a striker does, so why is it so alien to our current strikers.
ant1ant1
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04/03/2010 21:30:00

Adam Deuce, TWO strikers who can score goals together you say, bit exotic for MON I think, what would we do with all our big high punts up pitch, simply stop doing it, No no the players wouldn't be able to get the hang of that, we'd need full backs who could pass for a start, far too complicated. Now Heskey and Carew together, wooo much better, We have four fit centre backs now, hey could be a plan, in fact 6 centre backs, 4 big forwards what could be simpler than that, I'd be less suprised by that formation
ant1ant1
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04/03/2010 21:42:00

Adam Deuce, TWO strikers who can score goals together you say, bit exotic for MON I think, what would we do with all our big high punts up pitch, simply stop doing it, No no the players wouldn't be able to get the hang of that, we'd need full backs who could pass for a start, far too complicated. Now Heskey and Carew together, wooo much better, We have four fit centre backs now, hey could be a plan, in fact 6 centre backs, 4 big forwards what could be simpler than that, I'd be less suprised by that formation
ant1ant1
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04/03/2010 21:42:00

true ant1, might be too much for MON. he might suffer a heart-attack!
Gruck
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04/03/2010 23:33:00

true ant1, might be too much for MON. he might suffer a heart-attack!
Gruck
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04/03/2010 23:33:00

"maybe someone should point out to Heskey the centre circle doesn't have a goal in it" ha ha ha. Delfouneso's goals to game ratio must be amazing. MON has got to start playing him regular. We can't afford to lose this boy.
Pancho Villan
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05/03/2010 08:46:00

play him
leftfoot
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05/03/2010 09:10:00

Someone said to me the other day that Heskey would be a much better player if he stopped doing those ads for Premier Travel inn and concentrated on football !!!
Mat777
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05/03/2010 09:14:00

play him ... play HIM ... PLAY HIM
davidsands1982
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05/03/2010 09:41:00

play him ... play HIM ... PLAY HIM
davidsands1982
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05/03/2010 09:41:00

Adam Deuce I agrre with you in that MON should be using Delfouneso a little bit more, give the experience of playing in the first team. However, I can see why O'Neill is wary of throwing him stright into the team. Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems ever since Rooney came onto the scene most teams are looking at throwing in their own 'wonderkid' with quite a few failing to make the grade, or dropping off as time goes by. Hopefully next season, and towards the end of this season, we will see a bit more of him. The little man/little man combination definitely can work, as was shown when Dublin got in injured and we had that amazing run of games with Carbone and Joachim up front. It also took out a lot of our long balls that season, which allowed us to play a far more effective brand of football.
Francobaresi13
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05/03/2010 12:05:00

Adam Deuce I agrre with you in that MON should be using Delfouneso a little bit more, give the experience of playing in the first team. However, I can see why O'Neill is wary of throwing him stright into the team. Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems ever since Rooney came onto the scene most teams are looking at throwing in their own 'wonderkid' with quite a few failing to make the grade, or dropping off as time goes by. Hopefully next season, and towards the end of this season, we will see a bit more of him. The little man/little man combination definitely can work, as was shown when Dublin got in injured and we had that amazing run of games with Carbone and Joachim up front. It also took out a lot of our long balls that season, which allowed us to play a far more effective brand of football.
Francobaresi13
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05/03/2010 12:05:00

O'neil should play delfouneso, we dont even need a big target man, heskey does nothing anyway and creates hardly anything and if you watch carew play he hardly acts like a big target man. We have agbonlhaor, Downing, petrov to get their head on crosses what fly into the box and even delofuneso and off corners we have dunne, cuellar and collins so why play heskey and carew? delfouneso will be much more usefull and we might actually see two strikers playing near each other as normaly both heskey and carew are playing too far off agbonlahor so its a useless strikeforce.
p.villa
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05/03/2010 12:59:00

O'neil should play delfouneso, we dont even need a big target man, heskey does nothing anyway and creates hardly anything and if you watch carew play he hardly acts like a big target man. We have agbonlhaor, Downing, petrov to get their head on crosses what fly into the box and even delofuneso and off corners we have dunne, cuellar and collins so why play heskey and carew? delfouneso will be much more usefull and we might actually see two strikers playing near each other as normaly both heskey and carew are playing too far off agbonlahor so its a useless strikeforce.
p.villa
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05/03/2010 12:59:00

to be fair gabby must be 5ft11 and well hasnt half bulked up and delfouneso is 6ft - surely they'll win they're fair share against the sort of defences it is worth playing the long ball against i.e arsenal
NorthcliffeBandit
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06/03/2010 00:19:00

Seriously how many goals do we score where one of our big lumps, sorry target men, win the ball in the air and flick it on for someone else to finish, it is somewhere between 1 and -1
ant1ant1
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06/03/2010 11:48:00

 

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