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Villa defender Collins full of praise for youngster Clark

Aston Villa defender James Collins is impressed by the progress of Ciaran Clark.

Collins knows from bitter experience in his own formative years in football that the failures can be just as important as the successes in developing as a professional player.

"He is a superb player," said Collins, whose own commanding form has limited Clark's opportunities.

"Since he came in you could see he was going to be a great player. He's still a young boy though.

"The Newcastle game might have turned him the other way confidence-wise, but since then he's been exactly the same. He's come into training and been superb - as he always is - and he's pushing for his chance again.

"Obviously, he doesn't want to not play for a long time after the Newcastle game, he wants to come back in and show what he can do.

"I remember when I was a young player at Cardiff and we were beaten heavily. I thought it was the end of the world, but you learn more from days like that as a younger player than you do when you're winning all the time.

"I'm sure he'll look at Newcastle and try to take the positives from it."

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