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Villa v West Brom: Agbonlahor urged to kick on after super-show
Paul Lambert on Gabby Agbonlahor's attributes.
29th Sep 2012
Villa v West Brom: Agbonlahor urged to kick on after super-show


By Dan Harrison

Gabby Agbonlahor has been urged to kick on from his Manchester City super show, with boss Paul Lambert insisting: "No-one can stop him when he's in that kind of form."

Agbonlahor produced a stunning two-goal display in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup win and Lambert reckons his "explosive" pace is an invaluable asset.

He has backed the Erdington-born striker to carry on terrorising defences - whether it be in a central role or from a wide position.

"Being adaptable is a great thing," said the Villa boss.

"It's a big thing that he can do that and play in either position.

"His pace is explosive and once he gets his head down and runs there are not many who will stop him because he's that quick.

"He just needs to finish his game off with goals - that's all he needs.

"In any area of the pitch I think pace is an asset.

"He's got it in abundance, whether he comes in from the left or through the middle or whatever, I think his pace is an asset in the game."

Lambert was on the receiving end of a devastating Agbonlahor display in November when his Norwich City side lost 3-2 at Villa Park.

He has encouraged the 26-year-old to kick on and produce more of those performances.

"I came here with Norwich and Kyle Naughton, who played at right-back and is no slouch, came up against Gabby and he was really powerful that day," Lambert said.

"But you are never quite sure how quick they are until you work with them.

"But Kyle Naughton wasn't slow and Gabby gave him a hard time.

"He's at that age now, 26, where he's not a young pro and he's not an elder statesman, so it's a great time to really kick on and drive his career forward.

"He's got the potential to do it, there's no two ways about it. Tuesday night proved that it's there in abundance.

"I don't think his confidence can go much higher than what it is now after the other night, which I think is great.

"Once you're lads are out on the pitch, they're the ones that have got to go and play it.

"They've got to go and win games, I know how hard a job it is, but I trust them to do it."

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