Own goal Delph played for Villa with girlfriend in labour

Fabian Delph chose to play for Aston Villa in their draw with Fulham with his girlfriend in labour.

But an own goal and a glaring miss made him Villa’s villain on the day.

Interviewed in the match programme, the 23-year-old Yorkshireman insisted that the football show must go on.

He said: "We have spoken about it and we know it’s a possibility it could happen when one of the games is about to go on. But this is a crucial part of the season and if I’m down to play in the games, I need to be playing. [My girlfriend] Natalie is 100 per cent behind me."

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