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Friday 17 February 2012

Gardner keen to get among goals for Villa

Young midfielder cannot wait to break duck in Barclays Premier League

Aston Villa's Gary Gardner helps to celebrate a goal in the win at Chelsea in December

Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner says he is desperate to get off the mark with a goal for the Midlands club.

Gardner, 19, has broken into the Villa first team for the first time this season, making six appearances after returning from a loan spell at Championship side Coventry City.

"I absolutely love scoring goals. I'm confident that first one will come"
- Gary Gardner

He started the 3-2 win at Wolves and the 1-0 defeat at home against Manchester City, and as well as consolidating his place in the Villa team he wants to show his skills in front of goal.

"I love scoring goals, I absolutely love it," Gardner told the club's official website. "I have had a few chances already in the first team and I'm confident it will come.

"I am looking for that first - and then many more for this great football club.

"You can't explain how good a feeling it is to score a goal. It's the best feeling in the world. It's incredible.

"I want to score loads of goals for Villa. It would be an emotional moment to score at the Holte End of the ground. I'd be straight over to celebrate with the fans. It'd would be a dream."

Gardner, who is the younger brother of Sunderland midfielder Craig, says he wants to emulate the success of Liverpool's goalscoring midfielder Steven Gerrard.

"Steven Gerrard likes to get forward and get his fair share of goals and that's my game," added Gardner.

"I look up to him. I always look up to him because he's class. I want to have a career like him."

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Key Points

  • Gary Gardner keen to get off mark with Villa goal
  • Midfielder is establishing himself in club's first team
  • He looks up to Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard