Date: 20th February 2008 at 11:46am
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Ashley Young has been talking to the official site complimenting the strikers for taking the chances he creates….which is nice.

The 22-year-old winger told avfc.co.uk:

‘I’ve set up quite a few goals and that’s a credit to the players getting on the end of the crosses and the free-kicks. It’s not only John Carew and Gabby; it’s the players coming up from the back, Zat, Curtis, Olof and of course Martin Laursen. For me to put in a ball and somebody gets on the end of it, that’s a great feeling. To come off the pitch at the end of the game and think I’ve contributed to three points is even better. It’s nice to score a few goals, but it’s important to be the one that’s setting up other people’s goals. I’m in the team to do a job. I want to create goals for other people and score a few myself.’

He also says as long as Villa are winning the games, it doesn’t really matter who gets the goal and keeps his personal goalscoring targets close to his chest.

Adding, in positive mood, ‘We really believe in the dressing room that Europe is a realistic ambition. We said that from day one of pre-season training. It’s in our own hands. We’ve got ourselves into a good position and we’ve got to keep winning. We’ve got to keep the clubs above and below us on their toes. If we can do what we’ve done all season over the last 12 games, hopefully we’ll achieve our aims.’

In another interview that his game has come on ‘leaps and bounds’ since arriving from Watford. ‘I’m working on things in training all the time, with the help of the manager and the staff. It helps that the quality players around me are playing well as well. That helps your game and brings you on. I’m still learning and hopefully things can get better.’

Certainly noticed the difference when he was suspended for the Fulham game, don’t suppose you always know what you’ve got until they are missing. Be great if new recruit Wayne Routledge, who arrived from Spurs in the January transfer window, can make the same impact bombing down the other wing. Also be nice to see him in the Villa shirt on the pitch because I want a picture of him and at the moment can’t get any in claret and blue!