Jonathan Kodjia posts heartfelt message ahead of Aston Villa v Wolves
By Dominic Toner
Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia has urged his side to put a team performance in that would have made their former manager Graham Taylor proud on Saturday.
The 27-year-old will not be involved for the game against Wolves as he has linked up with his national side for the Africa Cup of Nations, but has wished his side luck for the Championship clash against Wolves.
Villa and Wolves will take part in a minute’s applause prior to kick-off as a tribute following the recent death of Taylor, who took charge of both sides during his managerial club career.
Taylor also managed Watford and Lincoln as a club boss, as well as taking the England role in 1990.
Kodjia hopes that Villa can deliver a display that would have made Taylor proud against Wolves.
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“Win, lose or draw today’s all about putting a team performance that’d have have Mr Graham Taylor proud to be a Villan,” Kodjia wrote on his personal Twitter account.
Win, lose or draw today's all about putting a team performance that'd have Mr Graham Taylor proud 2 b a villan. C'mon boys.In it with u#AVFC
— Jonathan Kodjia (@J_Kodjia) January 14, 2017
Villa travel to Molineux Stadium for the 5:30 kick-off on Saturday and the two teams should be closely matched.
Steve Bruce’s side are currently 12th-placed in the Championship table, while opponents Wolves are 17th.
Villa are without a win in their last three games across all competitions and will be desperate to end that streak as they will still be hopeful of clawing back the seven-point gap to the play-off places.
In other Aston Villa news, Bruce has delivered his verdict on Paul Lambert ahead of the clash with Wolves.