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LENNON TUNES UP FOR TOUGH TESTS

Posted on 26 January 2006  - 12:00

Aaron Lennon knows his rapid development faces further scrutiny as opposition teams look to put the brakes on his lighting pace.

Aaron Lennon knows his rapid development faces further scrutiny as opposition teams look to put the brakes on his lighting pace.

Villa doubled up on the turbo-heeled winger in Saturday’s goalless draw and he was faced with Gareth Barry and Lee Hendrie as he tried to take off on his darting runs in the second half.

Not that it fazed him one iota - the first time he received the ball on the right he left the Villa pair on the floor in a typical burst to the byline.

As the half wore on and our pressure began to mount, so Villa’s tactics to stop the 18-year-old became more physical - Barry eventually sent off for two yellow cards, both fouls on Aaron.

The England Under-21 international is well aware that it could be a taste of things to come.

“Villa were doubling up on me but I managed to skip away a couple of times,†he said. “I thought I did fairly well.

“Teams will be doing their homework but it’s another challenge for me to improve my game. I have to look to move inside, play one-twos and work on different things. I’ll look at it and try to improve and develop.â€Â

Aaron was delighted to add another 45 minutes to his 14 appearances so far in what is turning out to be an excellent first season at Spurs.

“It was great to get another chance and with the squad we have, you have to play well when you get those chances,†he added.

“If you look at all the best squads they all have competition for places and the players know they have to perform and that can only help the Club as a whole. The spirit’s great here and everyone is happy for each other when we do well.â€Â