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Joe Cole out to make his mark at Aston Villa

By Eleanor Crooks

Joe Cole is hoping to prove himself a valuable asset for Aston Villa after making a real impact in the draw against Burnley. The 33-year-old midfielder has had to bide his time since joining Villa from West Ham in the summer but could not have done much more on his first Premier League start for the club.

Cole linked up brilliantly with Gabriel Agbonlahor, Tom Cleverley and Andreas Weimann as the league's lowest scorers put on a display of attacking intent and scored his first goal for 11 months late in the first half.

Villa certainly deserved their lead but they lost their impetus after a tiring Cole went off midway through the second half and Danny Ings earned the hosts a 1-1 draw with an 87th-minute penalty.

Cole said: "It's always nice to score your first goal for your new club and to score it on my first league start was great.

"It's been a long time. I've had a few niggly injuries and things but I'm just here to play football. I want to help the club and help the young players with my experience and my performances.

"I'm just disappointed we didn't get the three points."

The game, meanwhile, came only a day after assistant manager Roy Keane resigned, citing the demands of his role with the Republic of Ireland national team.

Cole insisted that had not had an effect on Villa, saying: "It's a Premier League club, things happen, things go up and down, people come and people go.

"We just focused on performing and I thought the boys played well."

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