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Westwood on his important midfield role: Gimme five!

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Westwood on his important midfield role: Gimme five!

By Paul Brown

Ashley Westwood says manager Paul Lambert has handed him a simple midfield message: "Gimme Five!"

Westwood is concentrating on keeping things simple in the central ground after advice from boss Lambert.

Westwood impressed against both Sunderland and Manchester United with his precision passes.

He puts this down to the words of wisdom of the gaffer, who encouraged him to focus on his strengths ahead of his first team debut at the Stadium of Light.

Those, of course, are keeping things ticking and protecting the ball before giving it neatly to the more attack-minded stars like Stephen Ireland, Christian Benteke, Andi Weimann and Gabby Agbonlahor.

He said: "The gaffer told me the hardest pass is over five yards and that's something which has stuck in my head. I remembered it as I went out against Sunderland.

"I just try to keep the play moving. It's no good hitting ambitious passes if they get cut out and the opposition break. That's no help to anyone.

"I just try to keep it nice and simple - and let the other lads do the work!"

Westwood, of course, has had to be patient since arriving from Gresty Road on transfer deadline day.

He had to settle for two substitute appearances before his first full game against Sunderland and then against Manchester United.

But he was always confident he could make a big impact when handed an opportunity.

He added: "I have faith in my own ability. I've been brought up in the right way at Crewe and I think that's starting to show here at Villa."

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By @AVFCOfficial 14th November 2012
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