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BERBATOV THE BUSINESS

Posted on 12 October 2006  - 12:00

Danny Murphy sang the praises of Dimitar Berbatov and stated that he had few doubts that the goals will come with our array of strikers.

Danny Murphy sang the praises of Dimitar Berbatov and stated that he had few doubts that the goals will come with our array of strikers.

The Bulgarian international - who has featured twice for his country since the Portsmouth game - was absent for five fixtures after getting started in the Premiership, but presented a mobile and persistent threat to the south coast side last time out.

"He is a clever player and a good athlete - he knows when to come to feet or spin behind," said Danny, who opened the scoring after a Berbatov header on goal forced a point blank save from David James. "Dimitar has got a calmness and coolness about him that you don't see in many players. It makes him really easy to play alongside.

"He makes it easy when you get your head up in midfield, he makes the right runs and seems to always make the right decisions. The sooner he gets back to full match fitness the better because it then gives us great options.

"Dimitar really does look a terrific player and I think the best has yet to come from him. He has been there and done it, he knows what he's doing - he's scored goals at the top level and you don't do that unless you are a quality player.

"It was also nice for Robbie and Jermain to get off the mark last week because people were talking about a lack of goals. With the quality we possess in our four strikers, the goals will come - no doubt about it. It is just a case of who is going to play and it is a difficult one for the manager - I feel for him in that respect. Having the choice is a nice thing though."

Danny and the squad are preparing themselves for the challenge of taking on unbeaten Aston Villa on Saturday, a side that has impressed the midfielder so far this season.

"I've seen a few of their games and they do look like they are playing with confidence," he added. "They've got good players, good young players as well, and have system that seems to suit them at the moment.

"It will be up to us to go there and perform because it won't be easy. Villa Park in years gone by has been a ground that you have gone to generally thinking that you can win. They are trying to change that and we'll have to go there with fully concentrated minds because it will be a difficult task.

"Martin O'Neill has done a great job so far and they seem to have a passion and fire that wasn't there all the time last season."