Date: 21st April 2008 at 1:07pm
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Olof Mellberg showed yesterday that he might be on his way out but he is still a Villa man through and through. Mellberg, who is off to Juventus at the end of this season, was brought off five minutes early in the derby game yesterday to a standing ovation. He responded by shaking his fists in victory and looked visibly moved when going to the bench.

I thought the gesture by Martin O’Neill bringing him off early was an excellent one, although I do hope he gets to play the last game at home v Wigan so we can give him an even bigger send off. He’s never let us down and has always been 100% committed.

The bearded wonder told avfc.co.uk: ‘This means a lot to me and to the fans and the whole club. It was fantastic. To come off as a substitute knowing that you are going to win the game, so it was nice to celebrate with the fans. I don’t know why I was taken off, but it was nice in a way because of the reception I had. Hopefully that was in the gaffer’s mind. He wanted to give me something and it was nice.’

He finished, ‘I think the way we have performed and the way those young lads have enjoyed their football this season, it bodes well for the future.’

Would you play him for the Wigan game or if fit see Craig Gardner take his place?