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Villa's Sidwell dedicates goal to baby boy

Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell has dedicated his goal against Everton to his new baby boy.

He told AVTV: "My wife gave birth to a baby boy last Wednesday and before the game she sent me a text saying 'Score a goal for him.' It was an early one so hopefully he was awake!

"I've always believed that if your life is good outside football, you come to work with a smile on your face."

The former Chelsea and Reading star also ranked his 34th second strike in the top five goals of his career so far.

"It's up there with the best goals I've scored - in the top five.

"I have a DVD of my goals at home, so that's another one to add to the collection. But it doesn't matter how the ball goes in. I'm just as happy with a tap-in.

"It's a great feeling to catch the ball so sweetly and score so early on but maybe it was a bit too early.

"After that, the home team got some momentum and came back strongly. It was good to score, but even better that we got the victory.

"When Everton scored their second equaliser, you could see the reaction from the boys. We felt the victory had been snatched away from us.

"I took the kick-off with Gabby and asked the ref how long there was to go. He said it was the last minute and I thought we had no chance. But thirty seconds later, the ball was in the net.

"It was great stuff from Youngy. He thoroughly deserved his two goals and could have had a hat-trick."

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