Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has hailed the performance of Shaun Maloney in his side's emphatic 5-0 victory over Wrexham.
The former Celtic striker has been in impressive form in the early stages of the season, and after netting in Villa's 2-1 victory over Fulham and bagging a brace in Tuesday's Carling Cup clash, Maloney has earned the praise of his manager.
The 24-year-old had been linked with a return to Scotland, but after scoring three times in two games, O'Neill is hoping Maloney will now 'settle down'.
O'Neill told the club's official website: "Shaun kept going from where he left off scoring on Saturday against Fulham.
"His first goal was superb and his second wasn't bad and it set us on our way.
"Shaun is very hard on himself which is a nice trait to have. I know what he's capable of doing and that was an example. I'm hoping he settles down because he's got that talent."
O'Neill continued to say that he was relieved to have avoided a cup upset against the League Two outfit.
"I always worry about matches when we are expected to win," he continued.
"These games are always a potential banana skin and I didn't want to become another statistic."