Emile strikes to end Villa's pre-season on a high
By Villa reporter
Saturday 08 Aug 2009 20:47:00
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Pre-season for Villa may have started slowly – but it has certainly ended on a high.

Martin O’Neill’s men followed their victory last week in the Peace Cup, in which they beat Juventus in the final, with another Italian scalp as Emile Heskey’s goal got the better of Fiorentina at Villa Park.

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The Serie A side did their bit towards an entertaining encounter but, pleasingly for fans worried by the lack of defensive strengthm, they failed to find the net.

 

O'Neill handed a debut to £6m signing Fabian Delph and the ex-Leeds man showed some good touches without fully getting into the game.

 

Heskey hit winner for Villa on 14 minutes, putting a boot on the end of Ashley Young's cross to the near post.

 

Fiorentina should have levelled with 15 minutes left when Curtis Davies handballed in the box. But Alberto Gilardino struck the penalty against the post.

 

It will put the team in good heart for the Premier League opener at home to Wigan next Saturday, with fans still hoping for one or two more new faces this week.

 

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