UK time is: 00:38:43
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Not a (Stamford) Bridge Too Far!

So, we're drawn against Chelsea at 'the Bridge' in the fourth round of the FL Cup.

This match should raise considerable interest, and for several reasons.

It's only recently that we've visited 'the Bridge' and obtained a highly creditable draw. And it was less than three years ago that Villa obtained that marvellous quarter-final win at VP over the Pensioners, with a glorious goal from Juan Pablo, the quality of which he's probably never got near to equalling since. His execution of that goal was sublime, and it may well have been as a result of that goal, and the general effort in that match, that Villa finished the season with a fine run and finished sixth in the League.

However, since then, Chelski have won the League twice, whilst the Villans have slipped downwards - until the arrival of Mr. Martin O'Neill. And what a transformation there's been since.

Unbeaten so far, we have a potential banana-skin to watch for at Anfield this week and other matches of equal concern before we go to 'the Bridge' to determine whether we have a right to expect this cup to arrive at Villa Park this season. But one thing is certain - we will go to 'the Bridge'with much confidence that we'll at least show them (again) that we're not attending at their ground just for the ride.

The match at 'the Bridge' will probably be worthy of a final in its own right, and perhaps Chris Sutton will want to show his former bosses that he's still got something to offer. If we don't win, then another draw will not be a surprise (to me at least) - and then a repeat of that 2003 match, when, we hope, JPA will re-perform that magic of that previous cup encounter.

Up the Villa,

Article submitted by John Lerwill




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:Friday October 27 2006

Time: 3:01PM

Your Comments

Happy memories of that JPA goal. He does have a fantastic record in this competition so heres hoping he can take us to the final this year with more goals like that!
DeanoVilla
cant see it myself, particularly when you look at the team that chelsea put out against blackburn in the previous round. Although I will happily be proved wrong!!!
andrew144
I can’t share your optimism and say that Liverpool (away) is a potential banana skin! The away draw to Chelsea is another matter, they are expected to win, and the pressure is on them to do that especially as they failed to beat us in the league, anything for Villa is a bonus! Chelsea will have to face Villa after playing 2 league games and 1 champions league game (away) to Barcelona within 2 weeks, so hopefully this will be at the bottom of their list of priorities ……….
AVFC
Positivity is the name of the game at Villa Park right now. We want this trophy, its probably our best chance of collecting silverware this season unless we can get some favourable F.A. Cup draws, so the lads wont give up on this one easily. Yes, they're a quality side, filled with great players etc etc. We know all that, but we'll be in there giving it our all, hopefully backed by a sell out following.
glensider
and free travel to the kings rd, courtesy of mr lerner....it keeps on getting better.
JASON
 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Lambert Speaks Following Contract Extension (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Paul Lambert Extends Villa Stay (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Robinson Loaned To Preston (Tuesday September 16 2014)

Hutton - I Want To Take This Opportunity (Tuesday September 16 2014)

Bombshell - Hutton Signs Three Year Deal (Tuesday September 16 2014)

Senderos In Team Of The Week Nod (Monday September 15 2014)

Benteke Returns To Full Training (Sunday September 14 2014)

Stats: Liverpool v Aston Villa (Saturday September 13 2014)

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)

1. ClivetheVillan 467
2. Pride of Lions 451
3. The Fear 435
4. Villan Of The North 201
5. mike_field 199
6. DeanoVilla 195
7. kefkat 181
8. sirdennis 160
9. lewis1980 135
10. Juan Mourep 107

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 4 4 0 0 +9 12
2. Aston Villa 4 3 1 0 +3 10
3. Swansea 4 3 0 1 +3 9
4. Southampton 4 2 1 1 +5 7
5. Man City 4 2 1 1 +3 7
6. Spurs 4 2 1 1 +2 7
7. Arsenal 4 1 3 0 +1 6

Breaking League News

The Ped-into-Europe Report...FC Bayern 1-0 City
» Man City : 17/09/2014 22:53:00
» Man City : 17/09/2014 21:45:00
Lambert Speaks Following Contract Extension
» Aston Villa : 17/09/2014 19:13:00
Liverpool: Perseverance Pleases Rodgers
» Liverpool : 17/09/2014 19:00:00
Paul Lambert Extends Villa Stay
» Aston Villa : 17/09/2014 18:52:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Liverpool MotM
Suggested By:  A very happy MF
Guzan 6%
Senderos 34%
Cissokho 3%
Baker 40%
Hutton 2%
Delph 1%
Cleverley 1%
Westwood 4%
Agbonlahor 8%
Weimann 1%
Richardson 0%
Sub - N'Zogbia 0%
Sub - Sanchez 0%
Sub - Bent 0%