UK time is: 08:36:46
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

DOL 'Hold Your Hands Up'

David O'Leary said after the 5-0 loss to Arsenal that the team had been taught a 'lesson in ruthlessness.'

Adding: 'The disappointing thing is that I felt we created a fair few chances ourselves, but we didn't take them. When you don't take chances against the top sides, they punish you for it. 'We saw that with the first goal. Kevin Phillips might have put us in front one minute an the next they were at the other end opening the scoring. It was a poor goal to concede on our part and they showed that they do have the ruthlessness to punish sides.'

He also says he was pleased with Gabby Agbonlahor when he came on following the injury to Gareth Barry: 'He's not really a winger, but he's shown a willingness to do a job there for us. He did well.'

He also said of Arsenal to Sky Sports: 'Outstanding, hold your hands up.' Blimey, is this a stick up?

'They are an exceptional team, and when they are in this mood and they have been hitting it in the last few weeks, they can tear anyone apart as Juventus have seen the other night'

'But it was a great learning process, it's not a very nice experience but they will benefit from it. The Villa supporters are frustrated and I share their views because we want to get this club up doing well. I've never been down where I am as a player or a manager I don't like where we are and they don't. We share that and we have to focus and get to the ends of the season the best we can and concentrate on what we can do to put this club right for next season.'

He then looks forward, although privately he might be looking forward with dread, I'd have thought only a win against both local clubs will save the managers job as the natives get restless and realise yet again that the easiest target is the manager not the man who chooses the manager!

'Without a doubt, the next two fixtures (Baggies, Blues) for us are more important, hopefully we will have a few more players back by then. The next two fixtures are really important for us, they are home games, they are going to be tough derby games but they are the ones we are really looking to do very, very well in.'

We'll get plenty of decent talk off the pitch in the next fortnight, lets just hope they are up for it ON the pitch.

Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 1 2006

Time: 8:21PM


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

2021 (Friday January 30 2015)

Something For The Weekend (480) (Friday January 30 2015)

Drennan Departs Aston Villa (Friday January 30 2015)

Grealish, Alli, Arsenal & Chelsea (Friday January 30 2015)

Sinclair Signs Season Long Loan Deal (Friday January 30 2015)

Sinclair, Demba Ba & Others (Thursday January 29 2015)

An Interview With Carles Gil (Thursday January 29 2015)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
13. Crystal Palace 23 5 8 10 -9 23
14. Sunderland 23 4 11 8 -12 23
15. WBA 23 5 7 11 -12 22
16. Aston Villa 22 5 7 10 -14 22
17. Burnley 23 4 8 11 -17 20
18. Hull City 23 4 7 12 -13 19
19. Q.P.R. 23 5 4 14 -18 19

Breaking League News

Redknapp Bemoans More Bad Luck
Q.P.R. : 31/01/2015 20:21:00
QPR Sunk By Walters Treble
Q.P.R. : 31/01/2015 20:02:00
West Ham : 31/01/2015 19:47:00
Chelsea : 31/01/2015 19:39:00
Man City : 31/01/2015 19:23:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Vital Villa January Player Of The Month
Suggested By:  JP Fear
Guzan 9%
Clark 12%
Baker 0%
Okore 49%
Cissokho 1%
Hutton 3%
Sanchez 13%
Westwood 0%
Gil 9%
Delph 1%
Cleverley 1%
Benteke 1%
Weimann 0%
Gabby 1%