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Houllier makes his mark – thanks to Hesk

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Emile Heskey’s star certainly shone the brightest on Wednesday at Villa Park during a Carling Cup semi final rematch taking place in the third round.

Heskey has had a rather stop-start time to his career at Aston Villa, but the former England International always seems to have a habit of putting the performance in when it is needed the most.

With Gerrard Houlier's first game in charge at Villa Park taking a downward turn when Blackburn stole an early lead, it wouldn’t be going too far back to last year's semi-final to think that Blackburn might just run away with it and get their revenge on the Villains.

However the man rarely in the spotlight was bathed in it when the Holte End needed him most. Heskey’s introduction proved to be a masterstroke by Houllier who was the man responsible for taking the former Leicester man to Anfield many moons ago.

With his first, maybe his second, touch Emile hit the back of the net with a sublime finish worthy of any England striker.

Heskey’s night did not end there though, and it seems that setting up goals is now a part of the big man's game. He proved it on Wednesday by setting up Ashley Young,who was playing in an advanced role just off of Heskey himself.

The winger-turned striker netted two goals himself, a rare treat with a header in the near post helping Aston Villa steam roll to a 3-1 victory in the second half after such a dire looking first. Needless to say, the fans were happy.

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