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Hotshot Weimann more than happy to be a Villa wide boy

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Hotshot Weimann more than happy to be a Villa wide boy

By Dan Harrison

Andreas Weimann has vowed to carry on taking his chances - after admitting he is relishing his new role as Villa's wide boy.

Although the Austrian hotshot is a central striker by trade, his is flourishing on the right hand side of a four-man attack under new boss Paul Lambert.

He is hoping for further success in that role after scoring twice in the 3-2 defeat by Manchester United.

Weimann reckons operating in a wider position allows him to surprise defenders by "sneaking in unnoticed."

"Obviously, I'd say my best position's up front, but I really like this role because what the gaffer wants me to do is come inside and make runs in behind Christian Benteke," he said.

"I like it and it's worked in the last couple of weeks so hopefully I can keep my place there.

"I'm happy to run for the team, work hard for the team and help out defensively if I need to.

"Obviously playing on the wing you have to do that.

"It does sometimes let me sneak in unnoticed - that's what happened for my second goal against Manchester United.

"I've had a few chances lately. I had a couple against Sunderland that were saved.

"I'm getting chances in this position so I'm happy to play there if the manager keeps picking me."

Weimann made two perfectly-timed runs from the right flank to score his brace in Saturday's clash.

But the 21-year-old was quick to acknowledge the power and pace of fellow forwards Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor in the build-up to the goals.

"The first goal was brilliant work from Christian - unbelievable," added Weimann.

"He went past Smalling and then set it back and I just sidefooted it in the net.

"It was brilliant play from Gabby down the left. I'm a striker so I just thought I'd get in the box.

"Luckily the ball came across and I just put it in."

The Vienna-born marksman could have had a hat-trick but was denied a hat-trick by the reflexes of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

"As soon as I headed it I thought it was in, but I just got in front of him so I couldn't put any direction on it," he added.

"I hit it hard enough but unfortunately I couldn't put it in the corner."

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By @AVFCOfficial 13th November 2012
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