Aston Villa hammer Crewe in friendly

Belgium international Christian Benteke scored a stunning hat-trick as Aston Villa trounced Crewe Alexandra 5-1 in a pre-season friendly.

Benteke, who recently put pen to paper on a new deal at the club after handing in a transfer request demanding a move to a bigger club, scored all his goals in the first half as Paul Lambert’s men overcame the challenge of the League One outfit with little difficulty.

NO COMPLACENCY

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has said that the team should not get complacent after managing to put together a run of form in recent matches, which has helped them get clear of the relegation zone.

SECOND LAST

The Premier League match played between Aston Villa and Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday has ended in a draw. There were three goals scored by each team in the match.
This was the 9th draw for Aston Villa in the ongoing Premier League. Despite grabbing a point from this clash, Aston Villa remained at the second last position in the points table.

Villa has won only a couple out of 25 Premier League matches that it has played in this season so far. Villa has been defeated in 12 matches and it currently has 21 points.

BACK TO HIS BEST

The Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has said that he is extremely elated by the youth prospects at the club. Despite having a troubled start to the new regime under Paul Lambert, Aston Villa are slowly showing their potential in recent weeks.

The recently almost managed to get a stunning victory over Manchester United only to lose the match 3-2 in the final few minutes. Gabriel Agbonlahor, who is now regarded as a senior member of the team after having made his debut in years ago, has said that his extremely delighted to see lot of young players in the team.

AGBONLAHOR WILL SCORE

The Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has expressed his confidence that the striker Gabriel Agbonlahor will be able to find the goal scoring form sooner rather than later. Gabriel Agbonlahor's solitary goal helped Aston Villa beat Manchester United a few seasons ago.

AGBONLAHOR HOPES FOR MORE

The Aston Villa striker, Gabriel Agbonlahor, has said that he hopes to get more opportunities to play as a striker in the current season. In the last season, Alex McLeish, who was the manager of Aston Villa at that time, had used Agbonlahor in different positions.

AGBONLAHOR STAYING PUT

The Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has dismissed the speculation linking him with a move to Sunderland after it has emerged that the Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is keen to be reunited with his former striker.

BENT BACKS GABY

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has said that he believes Gabriel Agbonlahor can be a regular player for the England national team. He has also said that the speculation that he does not get along well with the players at the club is untrue.

GABY SET TO PLAY

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has named the side that contains both Emile Heskey and Gabriel Agbonlahor for the final match of the season against Norwich.

It has been a disappointing season for Aston Villa as they have failed to not only score goals, but they have flirted with relegation through to the campaign.

AGBONLAHOR WANTS TO STAY

Gabriel Agbonlahor, one of Aston Villa’s most prized players, has requested that other clubs not bother with the bidding as he has pledged to stay with the side for as long as he plays football professionally.

The last 12 months had been difficult for the Aston Villa striker under erstwhile manager Gerard Houllier, but has started afresh under current manager Alex McLeish.