Goalscorer Holt discusses pressure of standing in for Benteke
Mixed emotions for Grant Holt after first Villa goal.
8th Apr 2014
Goalscorer Holt discusses pressure of standing in for Benteke


Grant Holt relished the challenge of standing in for Christian Benteke - and wants to show Villa fans he can build on his Fulham goal.

On-loan forward Holt netted his first for the club in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Felix Magath's team.

The former Norwich hitman was chosen to lead the line after Benteke suffered a ruptured achilles tendon in training on Thursday.

He was pleased to offer the claret and blue faithful a glimpse of what he can do.

"It is always a big ask when you are coming in after the Big Man," said the 32-year-old.

"He has been fantastic in the last few weeks and when you've got a player who has been doing what he does it is always difficult - especially as I haven't played 90 minutes for a long, long time.

"But you just get through it. I've been itching to play and itching to get more game time.

"I got that against Fulham and hopefully the fans will have gone away and can see what I can do now.

"It will do me the world of good and hopefully I'll get a few more between now and the end of the season."

Holt discussed the effect Benteke's injury had on the rest of the squad.

And he conceded Villa's chances against Fulham weren't helped by Fabian Delph and Gabby Agbonlahor missing out through injury and illness respectively.

"It was tough on Thursday," said Holt.

"Nobody in the dressing room wanted to see that. He is a great lad and he is disappointed.

"But as a group we need to keep working. It wasn't just him - there was Gabby and Delphy - so that's three big players out of your dressing room in one week. So we've got to keep going.

"We are disappointed and we are hurting. We just need to get ourselves sorted now and get ready for next week."

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