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Tottenham v Villa: Agbonlahor determined to retain starting role

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Tottenham v Villa: Agbonlahor determined to retain starting role

By Dan Harrison

Gabby Agbonlahor says he will do everything possible to hold on to his starting spot - after admitting the competition in Villa's forward ranks is fiercer than ever.

Agbonlahor was given the nod alongside Christian Benteke for last weekend's derby draw against West Bromwich Albion after an outstanding display in the Capital One Cup win over Manchester City.

But ,with Darren Bent coming off the bench to equalise against the Baggies and Andreas Weimann and Jordan Bowery also staking strong claims, Villa's longest-serving player knows his place is far from guaranteed going into Sunday's Barclays Premier League showdown at Tottenham.

"We've got Darren and he's a great striker," said Agbonlahor.

"Christian is a really good player, he brings something to the side that we have been missing.

"Andi and Jordan have been doing well. It will be tough to get a place in the side but all I can do is do my best and if I get a chance, see what happens.

"For me it is really more about looking at my own game and trying to get myself fit and playing like I can.

"First for me is trying to stay in the side because the team has been doing well.

"I know it will be tough, but that's my first aim."

Agbonlahor reckons positive results against Manchester City and West Brom will give Villa confidence to go on a decent run.

In particular, he feels the win at the Etihad has silenced some of the doubters.

"Every time we lose I think people do think we are favourites to go down," he said.

"They say we are this and that, but obviously it is confidence for the team for us to go to Man City and get that result.

"The new manager has come in and built a new squad so we've just got to take it game to game and see what happens.

"The squad we have got is young, everyone is fighting for places and players that have come in have done a good job.

"Anyone who doesn't make it into the team will be disappointed and that is a good thing for us."

Agbonlahor says new manager Paul Lambert's footballing philosophy has been a big hit with the players.

"I think the difference is that everyone wants the ball," the striker added.

"That's a big factor for me, everyone in our team wants the ball, everyone is moving and everyone is enjoying it."

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By @AVFCOfficial 5th October 2012
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