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Villa v Sunderland pre-match show: Phillips the star guest

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Villa v Sunderland pre-match show: Phillips the star guest

Kevin Phillips is the star guest on this week's AVTV pre-match show ahead of the Sunderland game.

Striker Phillips famously played for both Sunderland and Villa so he's the perfect man to talk us through Monday's big game.

Watch the pre-match show now on AVTV.

He discusses the Black Cats clash from various locations around Villa Park, including the home dressing room, the dugouts and next to the spot where he scored on his debut against Bolton in 2005.

Phillips talks about the club's current goal-getters, including Christian Benteke, Andi Weimann and Gabby Agbonlahor.

He has been impressed with Benteke's quality, Weimann's effort and Agbonlahor's longevity.

Villa have signed several players from the lower leagues - like Matt Lowton and Ashley Westwood - and Phillips discusses this policy.

He also reflects on his derby goal at St Andrews and why he still gets praise for it from claret and blue fans in the area.

Phillips also tells us how impressed he is with Villa as a traditional football club.

Andi Weimann also joins us and says the lads have taken confidence from their second half showing at Old Trafford.

He insists spirit in the camp is good and stresses that the players are all fully focussed on the final four games.

We dip into the manager's pre-match press conference, too. Paul Lambert looks forward to the challenge of facing the Black Cats.

He insists that the players are focused on their own destiny and not looking at other fixtures.

We also bring you several Villa Park goals against Sunderland down the years, including strikes from Gareth Barry, Marcus Allback, Savo Milosevic and John Carew.

Watch the pre-match show now on AVTV.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 26th April 2013
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