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Villa v Southampton pre-match show: Gregory the star guest

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Villa v Southampton pre-match show: Gregory the star guest

Former boss John Gregory is the star guest on this weekend's pre-match show on AVTV.

Gregory, manager from 1998 to 2002, joined the in-house television crew pitchside at Villa Park for an exclusive chat.

Make sure you watch our pre-match show.

Gregory discussed Villa's "hot and cold" season so far and the importance of the game with Southampton on Saturday.

He spoke of his backing for current gaffer Paul Lambert and his admiration for the claret and blue blueprint of bringing through young, emerging players.

Gabby Agbonlahor is our main player interview.

He discussed the difficulty of the clash with Southampton and the need for Villa to carry out their gameplan to pick up the three points.

The star striker also chatted about the camaraderie in camp and the confidence, despite the tough run of results.

Paul Lambert told us that he wants more ruthlessness in front of goal from his team.

He also hailed the form of Andreas Weimann and Charles N'Zogbia.

Jack Woodward hosts the show and is joined by grounds manager Jonathan Calderwood by the side of the pitch he has prepared superbly once again.

Calderwood told us about his raft of awards but maintained it's not about personal accolades but the preparation of a tip-top pitch for the players.

He also discussed the challenges faced with high number of home games and a predicted cold snap in the coming weeks.

Finally, we relive a classic comeback against the Saints at St Mary's from April 2005.

Make sure you watch our pre-match show.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 11th January 2013
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