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Southampton v Villa: Bannan calls for loud songs and loud shirts!

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Southampton v Villa: Bannan calls for loud songs and loud shirts!

By Paul Brown

Barry Bannan hopes the away fans are loud at Southampton on Saturday - with their songs and their shirts!

Bannan admits he's a massive fan of the new away kit and get a real buzz out of both wearing it and seeing the travelling army sporting it on matchdays.

The influential midfield maestro says it's great to both hear fans at away grounds - and see them with the new vibrant offering.

He said: "The away fans have been brilliant for so many years. They're incredible. It's been a big thing since I've been at Villa.

"They support us through thick and thin.

"I remember against Newcastle they were up in the gods. You look up at them before kick-off and think 'we won't be able to hear them today.' But we still did. They were magnificent.

"If you can't hear them, you can certainly see them with those lime green away kits!

"I hear they're flying off the shelves in the merchandising stores at the moment and no surprise, I think it's a great kit, very different from the away kits we're used to. I'm sur there will be quite a few in the crowd on Saturday.

"They're not hard to spot. I like the away kit because it's so different. It's a nice touch from the club."

Bannan now hopes the lime green shoots of recovery continue at St Mary's, with the team aiming to build on the superb performances in the last two games.

Bannan says confidence is "sky-high" ahead of the tough trip.

And he has called for the team to build on the feeling with a weekend win.

He continued: "After the good performance at Newcastle I think everyone saw the confidence flowing against Swansea. It's just about building on that now.

"We want to go on a run of results now. Confidence is sky-high, everyone wants the ball and everyone is chasing it down.

"We're all looking forward to the game immensely and hopefully we can get the three points."

Bannan insists one of the major factors behind Villa's upsurge is their "total commitment" out on the pitch.

Stats at the weekend suggested that Bannan ran the most of any player against Swansea.

Renowned for his craft, the playmaker says it shouldn't be a revelation because he's always been a player of true grit.

He added: "If you ask most people who know me, I'm a fit lad and in pre-season I'm usually one of the guys at the front when it comes to the running.

"I know it's difficult for the fans to see that because they think of me as a creative player.

"There's this stigma sometimes about creative players that people don't think they're hard workers but I've always been the same, I've always worked hard.

"People start to see it now more so because everyone is doing it - and they're looking out for it perhaps.

"But I have always been a grafter. If I wasn't a grafter I simply wouldn't be playing in this team because it's one of the biggest things the gaffer has instilled in us. You have no other option.

"That's all you can ask in football. If you're not performing well - you can have an off-day - but you can't fault anyone if they are totally committed.

"I think that sums us up - we're totally committed. We're giving it everything every single week for the fans, the club and the manager."

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By @AVFCOfficial 21st September 2012
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