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Vlaar inspired by praise from Villa legend McGrath

Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar admits praise from Paul McGrath has inspired him.

Vlaar was outstanding for victory over Hull City.

McGrath had tweeted: "Vlaar leads by example and he isn't afraid of a tackle. I think he could go on to be one of the best players Villa have had at the back for a long time."

And the Dutchman told Villa's website: "If a legend like Paul McGrath has said something like that about me, it's really, really positive.

"It gives me a lot of energy because he was such a big player for this football club.

"I've actually read his autobiography and I was really impressed. What he did was exceptional.

"He didn't train a lot but he was there performing every Saturday - doing his job.

"What matters is how you perform in a game and he never let anyone down.

"I'm not thinking about trying to be like him, though. I just want to play as well as I can in every match. I just try to do my best."

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