Aston Villa coach picks out three under-21 stars who impressed

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Aston Villa's under-21 side beat Wolves on Monday.

Aston Villa under-21 coach Gordon Cowans has praised his young stars after they beat Wolves on Monday.

The winner in the 1-0 victory came through Australian youngster and midfielder Jordan Lyden.

Lyden, 18, has captained the side for the last six games, and his goal against Wolves was his second of the season.

Cowans felt Lyden did well to get on the scoresheet, but also picked out two other talents who stood out.

He told Aston Villa's website: "Jordan finished the goal well, it was a good header.

"I thought Andre Green and Corey Blackett-Taylor were always a threat.

"That's what we said at half-time - as long as we keep getting the ball to those pair, they'll cause problems.

"It was important to get back to winning ways as quickly as we could."

Andre Green is just 17, and has made the step up from under-18 football with success. He is a left winger who has represented England at youth level, and was tipped by the Birmingham Mail for a first team call up late last season, with it claimed he had already caught the eye of recently departed boss Tim Sherwod.

Blackett-Taylor is also an England youth international who plays as a forward and turned 18 last month.

With Jack Grealish making the breakthrough into the first team last season, Villa's youngsters caught a glimpse of what can be possible for them. They will just have to hope their next manager shows similar faith in the academy.

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