Young glad Villa boss kept the faith

22 February 2010 04:00
Young gave another demonstration of his worth with his performance during Sunday's 5-2 home win over Burnley which kept Villa in the hunt for a Champions League spot.[LNB]The former Watford player scored a first-half equaliser and then set up a vital second goal for Stewart Downing.[LNB]It has been a talking point as to whether Young has reached the same heights as 12 month ago when he helped Villa finish in the top six for the second season running - but O'Neill has remained fully supportive.[LNB]Young said: "There have been times when people have said 'I've not had as good a season as last season'. But the manager has been full of praise for me, has always backed me non-stop, and I just want to do well for the team and the manager.[LNB]"He instils a lot of confidence into you.[LNB]"If you look at the displays, especially in the last weeks that I have put in, I am delighted with them - and just delighted how things are going for the club."[LNB]Young believes Villa are starting to see the best of fellow wide player Downing, who netted his first brace of league goals for Villa since his £12 million summer move from Middlesbrough.[LNB]He was sidelined for the first half of the season with the broken foot sustained in a challenge by Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov in April but has quickly slotted into the side in recent weeks.[LNB]Young said: "Stewart has come into the side and he has done terrific for us. He was out for so long through injury and different players take different times to settle into a team.[LNB]"But Stewart is a top-class player who has settled in here straight away, and the way he has played means it hasn't looked like he had been out for that long.[LNB]"He has been brilliant since he came into the team and he was brilliant against Burnley.[LNB]"Goals always boost your confidence but he is a confident player anyway. You see him in training and see him in games so far and he has done some great things."[LNB]Young admitted Villa responded to a verbal half-time lashing from O'Neill after a below-par opening 45 minutes against the Clarets.[LNB]He said: "The manager wasn't happy - and he was right not to be happy with the performance we put in during the first half.[LNB]"But we bounced back and put in a good performance and got the win we deserved on our second-half display.[LNB]"We were disappointed to go a goal down but it has been instilled into us to bounce back from setbacks and that is exactly what we did.[LNB]"We got the equaliser at a crucial time and in the second half we came out and took control of the game."[LNB][LNB] Aston Villa v Man. Utd. Click here to bet.  

Source: Team_Talk