From George Sessions, PA
John McGinn insists Aston Villa remains determined to end its Premier League campaign strong for some squads despite the prospect of an upcoming European Championship.
The Scottish midfielder is one of several expected to participate in the euro this summer. England internationals Tyrone Mings, Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins also hope to take part in the tournament.
Mings missed Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Crystal Palace in one fell swoop, while captain Grealish after a 26-month absence with a shin injury only played 26 minutes to improve his fitness.
While Villa in 11th place has little to play and the euros are on the horizon, McGinn firmly believes that the club’s focus is not yet on international ones Football has been changed.
« We’re all really disappointed. Many of us can look forward to the summer, but we want to end the season well. »
McGinn was the captain of Villa in Selhurst Park and opened the standings after 17 minutes with an exquisite finish for his third goal of the season.
It was in line with his record from last season, but he also scored three times for Scotland last year.
The 26-year-old admitted: “I should score more goals. When I play for the national team, I do that more often. I played higher in the first half but it wasn’t enough to get three points. «
Anwar El Ghazi gave Villa a 2-1 lead at half-time, but two goals in the last 14 minutes earned Palace all three points.
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Boss Dean Smith introduced Grealish in the 64th minute but couldn’t prevent the hosts from taking control of the second half before their dominance was judged late.
« You got it in the second Half earned. We were in control of the game and scored two good goals. We had to build on that, but the second half wasn’t the standard we set this season so we have to see that. «
Christian Benteke was able to pursue his old club with a header in the first half, which scored goals in three consecutive games and brought Palace’s record to nine.
The Belgian had together for the last three seasons didn’t even reach that total but has played a number of games under Roy Hodgson this season and continues to deliver for his manager.
The late efforts of Wilfried Zaha and Tyrick Mitchell got Bentekes’ header in the 32nd minute contributed to a win.
He told Premier League Productions: « It is thanks to the manager that he gave me the chance, and me too, because I always believe in myself and in my abilities. »
« I’m really happy to play every week. I also give the manager back the trust, so it’s good for me and it’s good for the team. »
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