Rested Agbonlahor to fight for place

February 24, 2007

Gabriel Agbonlahor is hoping to keep his Aston Villa place despite Martin O'Neill shattering his 100% appearance record for the season.

The England Under-21 man had played every minute of every game in the current campaign before being substituted in the latter stages of the 2-0 defeat by Reading a fortnight ago.

Agbonlahor, who has been playing with an ankle injury, admits he felt tired and jaded against Steve Coppell's side at the Madejski Stadium.

But the winger is hoping O'Neill will keep faith in him when Villa return to action against Fulham at Craven Cottage on March 3.

Agbonlahor said: 'I have been surprised to have been involved as much I have this season. It's been great to be part of the team week in and week out especially with a new gaffer coming in.

'If you get a chance, it must mean you are doing okay and, if the gaffer has enough belief in you to select you all the time, then you don't want to abuse your position.

'I've tried to repay the faith by doing well for him and I've got a few goals. This season has been a great learning experience for me '