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Defender Dunne dismisses goal glut

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Defender Richard Dunne has modestly played down his goalscoring exploits for new club Aston Villa.

The Republic of Ireland international, a transfer window signing from Manchester City, has scored in each of his last two games for the club, a 1-1 draw against his former side City and last Saturday's 2-1 victory over Chelsea.

However, the 30-year-old insists Villa's solid start to the campaign has been a collective effort, and told AVTV: "It's nice for people to score, but the amount of work we put in all over the pitch - Gabby [Agbonlahor] was frightening in the first half and John [Carew] won every single header - it runs right through the team."

He added: "As long as we are winning games and working hard for each other, we will stay happy.

"It goes right through the team and we are all happy no matter who is scoring.

"From the top men all the way back to Brad [Friedel], we all worked really hard, dug in and made tackles at the right times.

"The dressing room is brilliant. Everyone gets on with each other and that spills over onto the pitch."

Dunne's 32nd-minute header at the weekend cancelled out Didier Drogba's opener, but it was central defensive partner James Collins who clinched victory seven minutes after the break.

The pair both arrived at Villa Park in £5million moves as the summer window drew to a close, and the Irishman has been hugely impressed with his Welsh counterpart.

Dunne said: "He's been outstanding since he has come in. Every game has been brilliant. It's going well and it's nice that we can score goals. The important thing is keeping them out, but for him to get the winner is also nice."

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