By Danny Wright

Albert Adomah has revealed he had to apologise to Gabriel Agbonlahor for denying him of his first goal in almost a year against Preston on Saturday.

The former Middlesbrough winger revealed to the Birmingham Mail that his instincts took over as he tapped home Agbonlahor’s shot just before it crossed the line to give his side a 1-0 lead.

“I felt bad for Gabby – I had a split-second decision to make and I thought I should tap it in just in case the defender got it off the line,” said Adomah.

“So my instinct was to make sure it went over the line.

“Gabby did well and worked his socks off and deserved that goal.

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“I nicked it off him and I apologised to him for that because he did really well.”

Adomah scored his second and third goals for the club on Saturday after then converting a penalty kick.

But, his goals weren’t enough and the game ended 2-2 after a very poor second half which saw Steve Bruce’s side surrender a two goal lead thanks to a brace from Jordan Hugill.

Meanwhile, Agbonlahor has received a lot of criticism from fans and the media for his very poor form which has gone on for a number of seasons now and was one of the key under performers last season as Villa were relegated from the Premier League for the first time since the league’s inception.

Villa’s next game is next Tuesday night as they travel to Brentford in the Championship.

Bruce’s side currently sit in 13th position in the league and are without a win in five games in all competitions since Boxing Day.

In other Aston Villa news, Adomah says Henri Lansbury is the missing piece.

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