Gardner wants to bed into Villa side

Gardner returned from a year-long lay-off with a cruciate knee ligament injury by scoring twice for Villa's reserves in a 10-1 thrashing of Arsenal to move top of the Southern Group on Monday night.

Now the 18-year-old midfielder is eager to show Houllier what he can do as he said: "When you hear the gaffer speaking highly of you, you feel really wanted.

"I just want to show him now what I have got. I want to show him dedicated and determined I am to play for him."

Speaking to AVTV, Gardner added: "I will give him 100 per cent. I want to get into his plans."

Source: PA

Source: PA