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Villa 4-1 Norwich: Top trio in BBC Sport team of the week

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Villa 4-1 Norwich: Top trio in BBC Sport team of the week


Christian Benteke, Ron Vlaar and Leandro Bacuna were all selected in the BBC Sport team of the week.

Pundit Garth Crooks was impressed with the performances of Benteke, Vlaar and Bacuna, who all excelled in the Canaries victory.

On Benteke, he said: "When some players hit a bad patch in front of goal you instinctively know that recovery might take a while.

"However, with other strikers you know that goals are like waiting for a train - one will arrive shortly.

"Benteke is one of those players who knows goals will come his way provided no-one starts to panic.

"Paul Lambert doesn't look like he's prone to lose his cool and neither is Benteke.

"Fortunately for the Scot's side, it looks like when Benteke is back in form, Villa are back in business."

On Vlaar, he continued: "I don't know who the candidates are for Villa's player of the year - but one of the nominees must be Vlaar.

"I can't imagine where Lambert's side would be without the flying Dutchman.

"After a poor start for Villa against Norwich, the centre-back steadied the ship and got them back on track.

"It's been an excellent season by an excellent captain."

On Bacuna, he added: "There are two kinds of full-back - one that loves to go forward at every opportunity but panics in the opposition box and the other who used to be a winger and still loves scoring goals.

"I don't know if Bacuna was ever a winger but he's always looking to get on the end of things and his finish against Norwich, in a 4-1 win, was sensational."

Midfielder Ashley Westwood made it into the team of the week while Benteke was their player of the week.

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By @AVFCOfficial 3rd March 2014
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