Date: 19th July 2012 at 10:45am
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Well, ever dedicated, I went to bed last night instead of staying up and reporting on the pre-season friendly v Philadelphia Union!

Yes, I know, my work for this site is tireless but I`m not and those who have met me know I need as much beauty sleep as I can get. I have to admit, pre-season friendlies interest me very little, as Paul Lambert said recently, it is all about the fitness, not the results. See: Fitness & Style Are King In Pre Season

Anyway, Villa won 1-0 against the Union with a goal from Nathan Delfouneso. Wouldn`t it be great if he can progress this season?!

Lambert told Paul Brown www.avfc.co.uk that it was a good workout adding, “I thought we were excellent, certainly for good spells of the game.”

philly.com agreed on that saying:

‘The Birmingham-based Aston Villa would have been hard-pressed to dominate the first half more than it did. At the end of the first 45 minutes, the Villans led, 6-2, in shots and, 4-0, in shots. But even those statistics don’t represent the domination. Until the 60th minute, the Union had a tough time even gaining possession on the Aston Villa half of the pitch.’

Lambert explained the match was tough because of the heat but said he was ‘delighted` with the way the players performed.

The team:

Guzan, Lowton [Lichaj, 60], Collins BOOKED [Dunne, 66], Clark [Baker, 66], Warnock [Stephens, 60], El Ahmadi [Herd, 56], Holman [Gardner, 60], Bannan [Delph, 56], Ireland [N’Zogbia, HT], Delfouneso [Weimann, 52], Bent [c] [Agbonlahor, 52]. Subs: Marshall, Carruthers.

Match report: www.avfc.co.uk

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