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Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier insists he has no qualms with pressing ahead with youngsters in his first team.

The former Liverpool manager has fielded the likes of Barry Bannan and Ciaran Clark of late while Chris Herd and Jonathan Hogg have also featured in the Premier League this season.

Villa tackle city rivals Birmingham in Carling Cup action on Wednesday and Houllier has faith that his more inexperienced players can handle the big occasion.

Question marks have been raised over whether the youngsters have what it takes to help the club progress, but Houllier insists as long as they have the hunger and desire the club will thrive.

Bannan has already been capped by Scotland and Houllier believes whatever they lack in experience they more than make for in other areas.

“They are not kids, they are men, like the others,” stated Houllier.

“For example, you can’t say that Barry Bannan is a kid, he plays for his national team now. He’s grown up.

“They lack a bit of experience, but they have many other weapons.

“One of the key factors to win games is hunger and desire, and that is why I like some young players in the team.

“They show that every single second. They never let you down.”

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