Villa pair out to prove a point
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steven Davis and Aaron Hughes are aiming to send a clear message to Martin O'Neill.
Aston Villa colleagues Steven Davis and Aaron Hughes are aiming to send a clear message to Martin O'Neill during Northern Ireland's friendly with Wales on Tuesday night.
Both players have seen their first team chances restricted under their club boss in recent weeks and are looking to deliver a timely reminder of their abilities at Windsor Park.
Midfielder Davis (pictured) played a key role for the Midlands club last season but has suffered from a lack of confidence this term, and the youngster hopes a run-out for his international side will help him recapture his best form.
"Things haven't gone so well at Villa for me this season, but I'm working hard to get back into the team," said Davis.
"Hopefully a good performance tonight will help my confidence when I go back to my club.
"I certainly haven't scored for a while, so I think I am due one. It would be nice if it was against Wales because I remember how good it felt to score against them the last time."
Hughes - who will captain his country against Wales - is also looking to earn the confidence of O'Neill after being exiled to the fringes of the Villa boss's squad.
"Being left out of the side is something that happens in football," said Hughes.
"Things are going okay in a sense. The only downside is I am not playing. I am training well, and my confidence is still fine.
"It is just a matter of trying to work my way back in. I have just got to do enough in training and in any games I do play.
"Then maybe I will get a run in the side again. That's my aim."