Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Young guns are marked men

Aston Villa forwards Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor have been told to get used to being marked men.

BIRMINGHAM // Aston Villa forwards Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor have been told to get used to being marked men. They will lead the Villa attack against Middlesbrough in the Premier League today and manager Martin O'Neill admits he has seen a rise in the attention the England hopefuls get. O'Neill, whose side are chasing a fifth win in six games, said: "What I have noticed is that teams have started to double up in a bid to stop Ashley Young.

"They are making plans to stop him. It is something we have to try and overcome. "Ashley is a very clever player and if we can give him a little help along the way that would great. "Gabby also has the ability to go past players and take them. I think people will definitely make plans for these sort of things. But as long as they remain within the game who am I to complain? "I've told Ashley and Gabby that these things will happen in the game and it is up to them to go out and deal with these things.

"Not every challenge is a legal challenge against Ashley. But it is a tough old business and he is a slippery customer." * PA Sport

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Glenn Maxwell's knock that followed ensured Brendon McCullum's knock went in vain after his explosive half-century took Chennai Super Kings past the 200-mark. Ravindranath K / The National

All is well with Punjab as Maxwell and Miller seal win against Chennai

The Australian missed out on a century but his 95 runs, along with Miller's unbeaten half-century, ensured Kings XI scaled a mighty peak of a target in a hot first game of Abu Dhabi's double-header.

 Sunderland manager Gus Poyet protests during the Premier League match against Crystal Palace at The Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northeast England, on March 15, 2014. Ian MacNicol / AFP

Sunderland going out of Premier League with a grumble

Northeast club have underwhelmed during seven-year stay in the top flight

 Hamburg players leave the field after the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach on March 30, 2014. AFP

Hamburg the dinosaur’s time may be up in Bundesliga

Ever-present for 51 years in the German top-flight, Hamburg face the prospect of relegation, writes Ian Hawkey.

 At 105 kg, Gabrielle Garcia has dominated the world circuit and loves many things about being in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Garcia seeks fresh challenge in MMA after her jiu-jitsu domination

Brazilian prides being a lioness in the sport but feels she can shed 25kg weight to pursue her MMA debut aspirations.

 England's Jonathan Trott hits out during the ICC Champions Trophy semi final match against South Africa at The Oval cricket ground, London June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Philip Brown

England’s Jonathan Trott sidelined with stress-related illness again

Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from professional cricket because of his stress-related illness as England and Wales Cricket Board and Warwickshire confirmed he will stop playing with immediate effect.

 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks on during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium on April 13, 2014 in Swansea, Wales. Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

‘That’s why we are a top club’ says Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech

Jose Mourinho’s men will temporarily claim the Premier League top spot if they beat Sunderland, leaving them in control of their own destiny in the title race ahead of a crucial trip to face Liverpool at Anfield on April 27.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National