• Premier League

Agbonlahor: Survival over record

ESPN staff
March 25, 2013
Gabriel Agbonlahor wants to extend his contract at the club beyond 2015 as well © PA Photos

Gabriel Agbonlahor has said breaking Dwight Yorke's Premier League scoring record for Aston Villa will count for little if he cannot help save the club from relegation.

Agbonlahor moved to within one goal of Yorke's record with his 59th strike for the club in the 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers.

The club's longest-serving player has scored five league goals this season, four of them in his last eight games, but says protecting Villa's top flight status is more important than individual records.

"It would be nice to break the record, but the only thing on my mind is keeping the club up. If the record comes, it comes," Agbonlahor said.

"I still get a massive thrill when I get a goal. As an attacking player, you feel you are doing your part by scoring. We have other players who can score goals, like Christian Benteke and Andi [Andreas] Weimann, and that helps."

Agbonlahor made his Villa debut more than seven years ago and has spent half his life at the club since joining their academy at the age of 13.

Although he has lost his central striking role this season because of the form of Benteke and Weimann, he wants to extend his stay beyond his current contract, which expires in 2015.

"All that has ever been on my mind is getting in the side for the next game. In football, you never know what's going to happen. It's been a crazy journey and the time has flown by, but I've enjoyed every single bit of it," he said.

"Long may it continue. I'm lucky to have been at a club like this for so long. I enjoy my football and I'm in the side. As long as that continues, I would always want to stay."

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