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18th Aug, 2016 | 2:09pm

Ross McCormack delivers verdict on Aston Villa team-mate after key mistakes

By Amir Mir

Ross McCormack has backed Pierluigi Gollini to save more points for Aston Villa than he costs them, after the goalkeeper was at fault for Huddersfield’s equaliser on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old keeper attempted to clear the ball late into the second half, only to see it rebound off Huddersfield’s Michael Hefele and into the back of the net.

The Midlands side have conceded two Championship goals this season, against Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield, and the Italian shot stopper has been at fault for both of them.

But McCormack, who turned 30 on Thursday, backed his teammate to pick himself up after a tough start to his Villa career.

“Pierluigi will make loads more saves,” said McCormack as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

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“He’ll definitely save us more points than cost us. He’s a strong character.”

Gollini was a £4.25million summer purchase from Hellas Verona, with the Italian making a switch from Serie A to the Championship.

The youngster has started three games this season for Roberto Di Matteo’s side, with the former Serie A stopper keeping one clean sheet against Rotherham.

Former Villa keeper Brad Guzan was heavily criticised for his error-prone performances at Villa Park, which led to the American’s free transfer to Premier League outfit Middlesbrough soon after Gollini signed.

In other Aston Villa team news, club legend Ian Taylor has provided his assessment on the club’s latest summer arrival at Villa Park.