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Home Run Up To End Of Season?

Is David O'Leary now the one being 'unrealistic'?

He has challenged the team to end the dire home form and win the rest of our home games this season.

Villa started the run on Saturday in a tame display against an even tamer Portsmouth. Match report:Click Here but our manager now wants home wins against:

Fulham, Birmingham City, West Brom, Manchester City (who played us off the Park - albeit only drawing - in the FA Cup game) and Sunderland.

On paper they all seem possible, although our derby record isn't the best.

Villa have only won four all season at Villa Park, with 4 draws and 6 losses, putting us 17th in the home form league. Now he wants Villa to make it 9 wins in total, giving us the chance to at least finish in the top ten of the Premiership.

O'Leary said: 'Starting with the Portsmouth game last Saturday, we had six home games left and I was looking to get 18 points on the board from those six games and we have started in the right way. We are on a great run away from home but are putting ourselves under big pressure in those games because of our form at Villa Park. If we win the last six at home, we will be more than safe.'

Adding: 'If we can start reproducing our impressive away form at Villa Park on a regular basis, there is no reason why we can't achieve our objective. There is no doubt that our supporters have seen the best of us on our travels in recent times. It's time we started doing the same at home.'

He also promised before the Pompey game that Villa would be fired up and treat every game up to the end of the season like a 'Cup Final'. We then played a truly awful team and struggled.

Wonder if we will be saying, come the end of the season Get real O'Leary. Or more preferably, get lost? Or will he suddenly be able to get the team playing as they should have been all season and have a last minute charge to mid-table mediocrity?

Talk is cheap, lets see the team doing it on the pitch.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 8 2006

Time: 3:22PM

Your Comments

All the fixtures should be winnable (is that even a word?) but our home form has been tame to say the least. With the local derbies, surely we will have to be far more fired up? Can this manager really fire up the players? Does he have time with the constant whinging in the press?
The Fear
All the fixtures should be winnable (is that even a word?) but our home form has been tame to say the least. With the local derbies, surely we will have to be far more fired up? Can this manager really fire up the players? Does he have time with the constant whinging in the press?
The Fear
I'd rather DOL challenge his players like this to try and get the best out of them, than his usual talking us down and lowering our expectations. Yes DOL is right, we should aim to win our remaining home games. Whether he has the manegerial skill to pull it off is another matter all together.
DeanoVilla
I'd rather DOL challenge his players like this to try and get the best out of them, than his usual talking us down and lowering our expectations. Yes DOL is right, we should aim to win our remaining home games. Whether he has the manegerial skill to pull it off is another matter all together.
DeanoVilla
Yes, but they then have to follow through. To say we will have 11 cup finals then play so badly, isn't the way to do it!! if they gave us some blood and thunder, the fans would love it and give them the committment back in spades.
The Fear
Yes, but they then have to follow through. To say we will have 11 cup finals then play so badly, isn't the way to do it!! if they gave us some blood and thunder, the fans would love it and give them the committment back in spades.
The Fear
Targets have been set by the Chairman at the beginning of the season they were and are unachievable, now the manager with 27 odd points left available sets targets of winning all remaining home games. All well and good lets us see what happens if these targets are met, or indeed are not. as many people say "talk is cheap"
fatloser
Targets have been set by the Chairman at the beginning of the season they were and are unachievable, now the manager with 27 odd points left available sets targets of winning all remaining home games. All well and good lets us see what happens if these targets are met, or indeed are not. as many people say "talk is cheap"
fatloser
Lets be perfectly honest here. We're as likely to lose all five as we are to win them.
glensider
Lets be perfectly honest here. We're as likely to lose all five as we are to win them.
glensider
Villa just look so lethargic at home as if they just have to turn up and they'll win. Against portsmouth thats exactly what happened, but we'll be turned over by Birmingham and West Brom if we try the same thing there.
andrew144
Villa just look so lethargic at home as if they just have to turn up and they'll win. Against portsmouth thats exactly what happened, but we'll be turned over by Birmingham and West Brom if we try the same thing there.
andrew144
 

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