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Ash Shining Bright Just At The Right Time

Ash Shining Bright Just At The Right Time

Martin O'Neill believes that Ashley Young is the in form wing wizard in the Premiership at the moment, and not just for his attacking play.

Speaking on the Official Site following our 2-2 derby draw against Wolves, O'Neill was full of praise for Young who seems to be getting back to his 'best' in terms of whipping in crosses and giving the strikers something to really feed off.

'I thought his delivery was terrific. There must have been at least eight or nine really dangerous balls that he put in there. It was fantastic.'

O'Neill has never brought into the 'dip' in form of Ash that most fans have discussed to death on the forum and continues by explaining that it's not just a reaction to the Wolves game, he thinks Ash has been this dangerous going forward for a while.

'I think he has been great, but not just against Wolves. He is the one that drove us on brilliantly against Reading in the second half. I tell you what I am pleased with, his overall game.'

In terms of his overall game, despite describing him as 9 stone wet O'Neill is really pleased with his tracking back to defence and his hassling in the midfield areas.

'I don't think there are too many people playing wide at this minute that are shining as much as he is.'

I'm not sure I agree with that, but Ash has definitely improved of late. We all know he's prepared to run backwards and help out at the other end of the pitch but it feels like it's been a long time since we saw him pick up the ball and then just repeatedly attack a fullback into submission before sending over a string of serious crosses that just beg a touch on.

He was more back to that against Wolves than possibly any other point in the season so far and I for one certainly hope it continues.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday March 22 2010
Time: 3:11PM

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Best performance of the season for me from Ash. I think all we are missing is 2 players to be a top 4 side, a 20 goal a season forward, thats league goals and a top class midfielder, although Milner is not far off.
astonsteve
22/03/2010 15:31:00
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he is still a long way from the form he was last year...
vangogo
22/03/2010 15:54:00
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why didnt u boys come in for bent at the start of the season when we sold him to sunderland. i think u would have top 4 wrapped up already if u did.
black-messi
22/03/2010 16:01:00
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Got to agree that Ash is playing some good football lately .. when he perfects his crossing he will be fantastic
Doug4ever
22/03/2010 16:52:00
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Got to agree that Ash is playing some good football lately .. when he perfects his crossing he will be fantastic
Doug4ever
22/03/2010 16:52:00
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Ash has been returning to the form of the early months of 2008-09 over the course of the past few weeks now. He definitely appears to have his appetite back, he looks as if he is once again enjoying his football, up to the task of the challenge ahead. We will benefit even more from his return to form, when we bring in a top quality penalty box predator who can read his runs, and get on the end of some of the superb crosses he sends into the danger zone.
glensider
22/03/2010 17:37:00
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Ash has been returning to the form of the early months of 2008-09 over the course of the past few weeks now. He definitely appears to have his appetite back, he looks as if he is once again enjoying his football, up to the task of the challenge ahead. We will benefit even more from his return to form, when we bring in a top quality penalty box predator who can read his runs, and get on the end of some of the superb crosses he sends into the danger zone.
glensider
22/03/2010 17:37:00
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Am I the only person that thinks Ash's best form for us was two seasons ago?
lurman
22/03/2010 19:15:00
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I should point out, I'm not being negative about his current form there. What I should've said was, in my opinion, his best full season was two years ago. I thought he was far better far more consistenly that season than last year. Maybe it is just me though? On the actual topic though, yes he's been back to his best for a few weeks now, and I bloody love him.
lurman
22/03/2010 19:18:00
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I should point out, I'm not being negative about his current form there. What I should've said was, in my opinion, his best full season was two years ago. I thought he was far better far more consistenly that season than last year. Maybe it is just me though? On the actual topic though, yes he's been back to his best for a few weeks now, and I bloody love him.
lurman
22/03/2010 19:18:00
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