Super Simmonds Smashes Blues

Last updated : 25 January 2010 By Tom Vickers

Striker Ryan Simmonds struck twice as Villa demolished second city rivals Birmingham.

Simmonds struck the second and fourth goals in a 5-0 win, with Gary Gardner, Will Grocott and make-shift hitman Arsenio Halfhuid also on target.

Gardner's goal was his 14th of an impressive campaign to date and it came after elder brother Craig had made a £3m switch to St Andrews earlier in the week.

The Blues are probably thinking they have the wrong man and how Alex McLeish would love to have Gary in his ranks.

The talented England youth international seems destined for greatness and it may be only a matter of time before he graces the Villa first team.

Gardner could be joined at the top table by Simmonds, who is looking equally impressive right now with the pair forming a formidable partnership.