Aston Villa's Alan Hutton hails teammate Ciaran Clark's resurgence

Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton has been delighted to see teammate Ciaran Clark step into the defence in such impressive fashion in recent weeks.

Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton might be receiving most of the plaudits following his winning goal in Sunday’s 2-1 home win over Leicester City, but the Scot has been quick to deflect praise to the other scorer on the afternoon.

After Leonardo Ulloa stabbed Leicester ahead on 13 minutes when Villa keeper Brad Guzan spilled Riyad Mahrez's deflected shot, it was Ciaran Clark who headed in Ashley Westwood's free-kick to equalise soon after, capping what’s been an impressive few weeks for the centre-back.

Clark, 25, made 28 total appearances for Villa last season, but his performances during a relegation-threatened campaign came in for considerable criticism from the fans.

With the signing of Philippe Senderos this summer, the Republic of Ireland international found himself fourth choice going into the new term, with captain Ron Vlaar and Nathan Baker also ahead of him in the pecking order, and a potential loan move elsewhere rumoured.

Injuries to all three have since forced him into action, however, and, after four excellent performances, Hutton has been delighted to see his fellow defender rewarded for his patience.

“He's had to sit and wait for his opportunity,” the former Tottenham Hotspur man told the club’s official website.

"He's come in and alongside Jores has been unbelievable over the last few weeks.

"He'll be over the moon to score like myself so hopefully it's onwards and upwards."

The 30-year-old also moved to single out stand-in captain and man of the match Gabby Agbonlahor for acclaim, after the forward gave the Leicester defence all kinds of trouble with his pace throughout the 90 minutes.

"Gabby's been brilliant week in week out,” he added.

"His pace is unbelievable and he gives you that little bit extra.

"You can give the ball to him in a tight situation, he turns and he gets out. I'm used to seeing it every day so it was normal for me.”

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