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Reports: Fabian Delph 'bitten' by overexcited fans

There are reports that Villa goalscorer Fabian Delph was bitten by fans during the pitch invasion, following today's FA Cup clash against West Bromwich Albion.

"My armband got nicked, someone got my left boot, but I could appreciate the relief the fans are feeling after a result like that. It was dangerous. Someone tried to take my boot off. People tried to kiss me and were biting me. It was scary."

– Fabian Delph, quoted in the Telegraph

Fabian Delph: Pitch invasion 'very, very scary'

Villa's Fabian Delph has spoken about the fans rushing on at the end of the match and admits he was concerned.

Press Association reporter Nick Mashiter said the goalscorer described the pitch invasion at the end as 'very, very scary'.

Read: Aston Villa are heading to Wembley after beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in the FA Cup Sixth Round.

Aston Villa fans celebrate amongst Leandro Bacuna (centre) and Jack Grealish (right) as they invade the pitch after the final whistle Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
Aston Villa fans celebrate as they invade the pitch after the final whistle Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
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Sherwood identifies his key man at Aston Villa

Agbonlahor is key to Sherwood at Villa. Credit: PA

Tim Sherwood has called on Gabriel Agbonlahor to repeat his derby heroics and insisted he is crucial to Aston Villa's survival bid.

The forward scored just his fourth goal of the season in Villa's 2-1 win over West Brom on Tuesday, which lifted them out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

It's about this time when Gabby normally comes out and starts keeping this team in the league. I had a lot of chats with him, a lot of chats with Christian and every player. The strike partnership outside the top six, they've got to be the best two. But on paper doesn't make any difference, you have to go and prove it and go and do it. It shouldn't be ignored and I think it was appreciated by the fans the other night, they were singing his name, you can't imagine how much players grow from that. I've managed one of the hottest strikers in English football at the moment, Harry Kane, he had to win over those Tottenham fans.

– Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood.


West Brom striker Brown Ideye credits Tony Pulis for career revival

Brown Ideye believes Tony Pulis has helped pull his West Bromwich Albion career back from the brink.

Brown Ideye credits Tony Pulis for career revival Credit: Nigel French/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Baggies' £10 million record signing was on the verge of leaving the club on transfer deadline day.

A £3.75 million move to Al-Gharafa in Qatar was in the pipeline, only for Ideye to stay after Albion missed out on West Ham's Carlton Cole.

Ideye has now scored twice in his last two games, including Wednesday's 2-0 win over Swansea, to double his tally for the season.

He struggled for form and fitness under ex-Albion head coach Alan Irvine following a summer switch from Dynamo Kiev but admitted Pulis has revived him.

I didn't really have that much time when Alan was here. This time is really different because I have more time and more of a role to play, holding the ball up is what I am good at. The way Tony wants me to play suits my game. Right now, I'm just in the right place.

– Brown Ideye speaking ahead of Saturday's game against West Ham
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