Villa boss O'Neill hails ever-improving Agbonlahor

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is delighted with the progress of Gabby Agbonlahor this season.

Villa's seven-goal leading marksman may not have added to his tally against Reading, but he was always a huge threat.

"Gabby did great last season and there would have been concerns about second-season syndrome - not a bit of it,'' said O'Neill.

"Gabby was absolutely brilliant. Really great and I am delighted for him.

"He is a player, I think we would all agree, who has improved beyond all recognition in 16 or 18 months. And he is improving, and he is trying to get better.

"And I will tell you what I like about him - he is trying to get hold of the ball, trying to get his body in the way. He is prepared to get kicked. He is a professional footballer."

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