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Ashley Young (2007-11)


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The referee put his hand in his pocket before even looking at the player rolling around. A referee should be the one with a suspension if he doesnt send players of for doing tackles like that. Its in the rules a Irish said so he has to go.

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Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Young to be fined for lunge.

Martin O'Neill, the Aston Villa manager, is expected to fine Ashley Young for his two-footed challenge on Dean Whitehead that led to his sending-off at Sunderland at the weekend.

The 23-year-old winger, who is the Premier League Player of the Month, was given an immediate red card for the foul, the second straight sending-off of his career, and he now faces a fine from his club for poor discipline.

O'Neill has already set a precedent for punishing his players, fining John Carew two weeks' wages when the striker was caught in a strip club the night before the Uefa Cup match against Ajax last October. O'Neill is expected to resort to a similar punishment on this occasion.

The Villa manager has already made it clear that his greatest fears for the second half of the season are injuries and needless suspensions to his key players, saying the loss of either Young or Gabriel Agbonlahor would be "akin to Manchester United losing Cristiano Ronaldo or Wayne Rooney".

The squad is already under strain with Carew out with a back problem, and an injury setback to captain Martin Laursen, who aggravated a knee problem rushing back from injury to appear against West Bromwich Albion last week.

As such, O'Neill will be unimpressed with Young's digression, which means the forward will be suspended for three games, against either Doncaster or Cheltenham, and Portsmouth and Wigan in the League, which could be crucial to his team's aspirations for breaking into the top four this season.

O'Neill made no attempts to downplay the incident. "The last thing I want to do is start defending a sending-off offence that I have no complaints with," O'Neill said, adding that the foul was out of character for Young.

"If I am going to defend him, that is not Ashley. Once you go two-footed like that, it is a sending off.

"The referees have been clamping down and I am right behind them on those incidents even though it affected us," he added. "I am sure I will take some internal discipline."



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Young - I am also to blame

Ashley Young has owned up to being as much to blame as anyone for Villa’s spring slump.

The Villa star, one of the driving forces behind Martin O’Neill’s side’s ascent into the top four of the Premier League, concedes his game has not been up to its usual high standards during their six-game winless streak.

Villa have seen their lead over fifth-placed Arsenal whittled down to just three points after one win in their last five League games and could kick-off against Tottenham on Sunday outside the Champions League qualifying spots.

But Young is confident they can turn it around – and has vowed to become the smiling assassin in their big-four cull.

He said: “The last few games I have felt disappointed with some of the performances I’ve put in. But I love football, I love the game and you will never see me stop smiling.

“The next 10 games are massive.”

Young, who was on target in Villa’s 2-0 victory in the reverse fixture, expects another open game on Sunday – and is confident that will work in Villa’s favour at Villa Park.

He said: “An open game will work to our advantage, especially with the way we counter- attack. When we play on the break we have great pace as a team.”

I like the fact that our guys admit to not having played well its quite refreshing... But lets hope he gets back to playing well asap like Sunday

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Why the hell does this player consistantly get overlooked when it comes to poor performances? People are quick to jump on Heskeys back but what about Young? Yes we all know what hes capable of but if hes not performing was is he still seen as the golden boy?

He was poor once again against Hull - Heskey was a much better player than Young yet Heskeys the player who was poor and Young is forgotten all about once again.

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Why the hell does this player consistantly get overlooked when it comes to poor performances? People are quick to jump on Heskeys back but what about Young? Yes we all know what hes capable of but if hes not performing was is he still seen as the golden boy?

He was poor once again against Hull - Heskey was a much better player than Young yet Heskeys the player who was poor and Young is forgotten all about once again.

i disagree stu because, yes i agree ash had a shocking game and he really looks like he is getting a bit big for his boots and an ego is starting to come through the hole ive gotta beat every player on the pitch 20 times and who cares about my derlivery is a joke he needs a kick up the arse!

but stu the difference is ash put in a couple of good passes and a couple of good crosses to redeem himself, that is his job and if something comes of those then he has furfilled his role! where as heskeys job is to score goals and assist gabby and he did neither so he gets the stick!

but i do accept ash was once again very poor and id say needs dropping and bringing down a peg or two!

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