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Villa fans asked to be patient before seeing best of Ireland

Aston Villa's fans are being urged to give Stephen Ireland time to show his true form. The 24-year-old moved to Villa as part of the deal that took James Milner to Manchester City before the transfer window closed.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder knows he is performing below par but believes he will be producing his best in the coming months.

"Of course, I'm still getting to understand the players out there on the pitch, still finding my feet," said Ireland.

"I pulled my hamstring, but I'm getting there. I hope by Christmas everything will be good."

Villa have a new manager in the shape of Gerard Houllier and Ireland is hoping the Frenchman can get the best out of his potential.

"I don't know much about how he deals with things as a manager," he added. "Hopefully he can get the best out of me."

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