Dwight Yorke: Gabby Agbonlahor triggered Aston Villa's revival against Leicester

Gabriel Agbonlahor

Dwight Yorke was impressed by the performance of Gabriel Agbonlahor against Leicester City.

Gabriel Agbonlahor may have been criticised by Aston Villa supporters for his persistent run of poor form, but he earned some well deserved praise the weekend.

The jet-heeled forward has frustrated many Villa fans with his lack of end product, but he was at the top of his game against Leicester City as the Claret and Blue came from behind to secure a vital victory. 

Paul Lambert's men had appeared in trouble when Leonardo Ulloa put the Foxes in-front, but Ciaran Clark's and Alan Hutton's strikes provided them with a huge win. 

It was a result which saw Villa climb up to 11th in the Premier League table and Yorke believed that they had Agbonlahor to thank for the turnaround. 

“He [Agbonlahor] was outstanding in the second half,” Yorke said to Sky Sports. “He’s got pace and he used that for the second goal. He kept his composure, picked out a good pass to [Christian] Benteke and he made a fantastic pass to Alan Hutton.

"Agbonlahor is the one who really triggered things and really set the tone for Villa in the second half."

Agbonlahor was rewarded with a new contract earlier in the season, which will secure his future at Villa Park until he is past the age of 30.

It is a fine show of loyalty from the striker but, despite the longevity of his career at the club, he still hasn't fully convinced all of the supporters. 

It is a similar problem which Paul Lambert is having. The Villa boss has come under heavy criticism for his performance as manager, yet their current position looks a healthy one at this stage of the season. 

The lack of attacking intent has been a real source of frustration from team's fans, with attendances starting to dwindle, but Yorke feels more aesthetically pleasing performances like the one they put in against Leicester will bring the supporters back on-side. 

“If I was Paul Lambert I would look at the second-half video and say, 'that’s the way Villa should play to get the Villa faithful back at the stadium and enjoying football once again',” the Sky Sports pundit said. 

“They had more of a go and it showed in the possession, passing accuracy and all the stats. That’s what Villa need to show a lot more of at home to get the fans back here, to get the fans back on their side; that’s the sort of encouragement they need to see.”

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