Delph still not happy with his form

13 February 2010 09:54
Delph is relishing the prospect of coming up against Crystal Palace skipper Shaun Derry who was a team-mate of his at Leeds in Sunday's FA Cup tie - and is hoping to play back-to-back games for the first time since his £6 million summer move from Elland Road.[LNB]The 20-year-old certainly cannot be accused of getting carried away with his move to Villa and carefully analyses all his performances.[LNB]He was chosen as man of the match by Villa fans after the 3-2 win over Brighton in the fourth round but claimed his performance was "sloppy."[LNB]And Delph revealed even the occasional error during the 1-1 draw with the Red Devils is hard to get out of his system.[LNB]He said: "I think I was tidier on the ball against United than against Brighton and I think that was down to having a bit more space.[LNB]"But I played a couple of diagonal passes that went out of play and that will be playing on my mind for a few days. I will work on that and get it right in training.[LNB]"I think I am my own worst critic but I have good people around me who also want the best for me, as I do myself.[LNB]"I used to watch DVDs of the games I played at Leeds. I would often do that with the management there. They would sit me down and go through things.[LNB]"I've not done that this season because I've not played a lot of games but, if I asked the management here to do it, they'd be more than happy to do so."[LNB]Delph is hoping for the same outcome against Palace as in the early part of his Leeds career as Villa look to book their place in the quarter-finals.[LNB]He said: "I played them when I was at Leeds in the Carling Cup and we spanked them 4-0. I think it was only my third start for Leeds.[LNB]"Of course, I would like a repeat but Palace are fighting hard. They are a good team. I used to play with their skipper Shaun Derry. He was at Leeds when I was there.[LNB]"I was a young lad and he used to talk to me and he's a really good guy. It will be nice to play against him if chosen.[LNB]"Having played against United, two games in a row would benefit me but, if I don't get selected, I will still be working hard and still pushing."[LNB]Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov and 12-goal leading scorer Gabriel Agbonlahor are major fitness worries for the Palace tie.[LNB]Petrov and Agbonlahor suffered ankle and leg injuries respectively against Sir Alex Ferguson's side and are regarded as "doubtful" by Villa boss Martin O'Neill.[LNB][LNB] Crystal Palace v Aston Villa 1st Goalscorer: Delph, F. 16/1  

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