Agbonlahor backs misfiring Benteke to come good

Aston Villa's Belgian striker has not hit the net since September's 2-1 defeat to Newcastle but his team-mate is confident that the whole squad will be able to help him out
Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has vowed to help team-mate Christian Benteke end his eight-game goal drought.

After scoring 19 goals in 34 Premier League games in his debut season at Villa Park, the Belgium international has struggled in comparison in 2013-14, with four in 11 to his name. He has not found the net for his club since a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle in mid-September.

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A lack of goals is not just problematic for Benteke as Villa have scored 13 times in as many matches this season - with Agbonlahor yet to find the target - but the 27-year-old insists that confidence remains high and expects his fellow forward to be back to his best soon.

"If you feel like everyone's on your back, the goals don't come," Agbonlahor told the Birmingham Mail. "Christian is a quality player, he's a strong personality and the goals will come.

"It's down to us as a team to keep creating the chances for him. That's our job as well.

"After last season there's going to be a lot of expectation on him. He's still doing well in training, he's working hard, so the goals will come.

"Of course, if you're a star player people are going to try and mark you. After last season there's going to be a lot of expectation on him but he's a quality player."