Sidwell thrilled with Villa strike

Steve Sidwell was delighted with his goal for Aston Villa in Saturday's victory over Stoke City. “It was nice just to get on the pitch really. I saw the scoreline, it was 3-0 at the time, and I was hoping just for a little run-out,” he said. “I just wanted to get on and show people what I can do. It was a little appearance but a big goal. It feels like a weight has been lifted. “It has made the last three months much easier to take – and to be able to celebrate in front of the Villa supporters was fantastic.”

Steve Sidwell was delighted with his goal for Aston Villa in Saturday's victory over Stoke City.

“It was nice just to get on the pitch really. I saw the scoreline, it was 3-0 at the time, and I was hoping just for a little run-out,” he said. “I just wanted to get on and show people what I can do. It was a little appearance but a big goal. It feels like a weight has been lifted.

“It has made the last three months much easier to take – and to be able to celebrate in front of the Villa supporters was fantastic.”

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