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Aston Villa are finally brought a run of nine matches without a win by getting a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Tuesday. Christian Benteke, who spent much of the early part of the season on the sidelines, scored the only goal of the game.
The victory moves Villa closer to the top half of the table, which would have been unthinkable only a few weeks ago. After being frozen out of the first-team recently, manager Paul Lambert recalled the defender Alan Hutton back to the first-team. The 30-year-old has been a regular first-team player this season and has featured in 11 league outings.
Lambert praised the performance of Hutton by saying that he was outstanding against Crystal Palace, who were coming on the highly of recently beating Liverpool 3-1 at Selhurst Park. Palace boss Neil Warnock made it a priority to get home victories. Villa will now be looking to build on this victory and start taking more victories. The club started the season in impressive fashion, but since a 3-0 defeat against Chelsea the firm nosedived. They went through several matches without scoring a single goal and this run recently came to an end in the 2-1 defeat against Tottenham.
Since the arrival of Lambert, Villa have flirted with relegation consistently.”Our defensive effort was terrific at Selhurst Park. Okore and Clark worked very well together; Alan Hutton was outstanding too, and with Brad Guzan and Aly Cissokho formed a strong unit there.For Okore it’s his third game in quick succession, and he’s been out for more than a year. And I think Ciaran Clark certainly: the two of them have certainly stepped up their game. I’m delighted for them: they’ve earned their plaudits,” said Lambert, who must shift focus towards the key match against relegation threatened Leicester City during the weekend.
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In 3 seasons Aston Villa’s Alan Hutton has managed to make less than 50 league appearances as the Scottish right-back struggled trying to find his place in the Premier League club. His impact in the English squad was non-existent as he was being constantly loaned out to different teams including: Notthingham Forest, Mallorca and Bolton Wanderers. During this transfer window there were even rumors of him leaving Aston Villa as he wanted to join a club where he could play a more important role but things have taken a turn for the better.
Alan Hutton performed in Aston Villa’s opening Premier League matches of the season and helped the English club in securing 2 clean sheets with impressive performances.
The English League is only just starting but Hutton is already receiving praise for his latest series of performances with the club that was believed to be on the verge of offloading him a few months ago.
The boss of Aston Villa, Paul Lambert praised Alan Hutton as the manager went on saying that the Scottish defender deserves all the recognition and cheers he has been receiving.
Lambert said: “The way Alan is as a guy is testament to himself. His performances for the national team were excellent. I watched Scotland three times and he did great. He’s never let himself down professionally. I had a chat with him, his performances have been excellent. He’s right on top of his gam He doesn’t have anything to prove except maybe to himself. Alan has been really consistent. It comes from himself. The one who deserves credit is himself for sticking with it. He’s getting the praise.”
Alan Hutton is hoping he can continue his impressive start of the season and help Aston Villa on securing a mid-table position in the Premier League which would be a great improvement compared to the previous season where Aston Villa was only 5 points away from being relegated.
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Alan Hutton’s first season at Aston Villa has been underwhelming as he managed on making consistent performances during his debut season with the English club but he was plagued with criticism after performing in a derby match against West Bromwich and a horrendous tackle to Shane Long forced the Irish striker on having to be out injured for 6 weeks and during Aston Villa’s match against Arsenal, Hutton received a red card which added more doubts and pressure towards Aston Villa as if they had made a correct decision in signing Alan Hutton as he has not been able to perform with the Premier League club ever since.
When the season was over Hutton was left out of the list of players that were chosen to represent Aston Villa in their pre-season schedule which included a tour to the United States with matches against teams in the MLS.
Since then, Hutton has been transferred out loan deals to Nottingham Forest and the Spanish side Mallorca on loan deals but now that all of those temporary contracts have been over, Alan Hutton has returned to Aston Villa but rumors are beginning to spark linking West Bromwich Albion with the 29 year old Scottish defender.
The head coach of West Bromwich Albion Alan Irvine is reinforcing the defensive and midfield department of his squad as he has already signed Craig Gardner and Chris Baird in this transfer window and now he is setting his sights on Alan Hutton who is playing an important role with his current club Aston Villa and might be a simple target to secure.
Aston Villa meanwhile is being linked with Ashley Young who only managed on making 20 league appearances with his current club, Manchester United and a return to his former club Aston Villa can give his career a boost which has taken a significant dip ever since he was transferred to Old Trafford as he is mostly just being used as a substitute player.