Dublin Earns The Plaudits

Last updated : 29 November 2003 By Paul Doherty
Dublin, playing at the back these days as opposed to his accustomed centre-forwards role, was superb at the back again for Villa in the 1-0 victory over the Saints - his goal lifting Villa out of the bottom three in the Premiership table.

I thought Dion would battle with James Beattie in the air but he's also a good talker," said O'Leary.

"We've got a quiet dressing room and he stands out like a sore thumb. I thought we had to get him on the pitch.

"The bonus for him was scoring the goal which gave us a half-time lead after it looked like being 0-0 when it could have been 3-0.

"I want him around. He doesn't want the speculation about himself and we'll sit down at some stage and deal with things.

"The bottom line is Dion wants to stay here and he is doing his best."