Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday November 14 2006
Back to where we belong!
Over the last few years it has regularly been a difficult time for us Villa fans. Going to an away fixture was often a daunting experience and followed by a dull performance. Forgivably is the Liverpool game and maybe Chelsea in the cup, although 4th we cannot class ourselves in their bracket of class as yet…. However what we can be proud of is the allegiance of fans this season on the road and the commitment O’Neill has found within his current squad.
We have made other fans respect us with our turn out in numbers and vocal support this season. We get behind our team from start to finish. O’Neill recognises the importance that the fans have in a game to spur on their players, this is noticeable when he runs across the pitch after every game win lose or draw to token his appreciation of the travelling fans.
It is important this support continues and hopefully our form also. We picked up our 1st 3 points away from home this season against Everton which was well deserved with the attempts on goal we had. Everton had their chances; we just took them on the day. Credit has to go out to Ridgewell and Cahill taking a stance in the centre of defence standing in for the injured Hughes and Laursen. We were evidently unfortunate against Chelsea. The decisions they had back in September made comical viewing when Mourinho openly complained about referee decisions last week. Does he only watch one half of the game? Makalele should have been sent off for them in the league game and Drogba’s foul on Hughes which lead to Lampard’s goal on Wednesday should not of stood. O’Neill set that story straight on Sky Sports last week! Hughes not falling to the floor and collapsing like a lame pony with 3 legs on Wednesday showed what a respectable footballer he is….Unlike the frequent pansies/cheats we see week in and week out – not mentioning any names… Zakora, Savage, Terry, AJ, etc who dive to the floor like as soon as an opposing player comes within close proximity.
As for the West Ham game, I doubt we will go a match the rest of the season where we shouldn’t of secured 3 points. Our next run of games should help us maintain our current position before the challenging and hectic Christmas fixtures. Keep up the good work Villains!!
Credit has to go out to the efforts Sutton and Petrov have added this season. Petrov has been unfortunate not to find the net so far, but deserves a goal or two to merit his efforts. When Sutton arrived at Villa Park he was mocked by Villa fans for playing for Birmingham City last season. Although I can relate to their views, the player never signed for them, he was only on loan, and if anything played some football he might not have played for Celtic, giving him some beneficial match experience which would have played a role in him obtaining us the winning goal at the weekend. So thanks Birmingham for another 3 points Saturday!
The real gratitude needs to be shown to Randy Lerner our new Chairman and Owner and Martin O’Neill who have come in and rescued the club from the deep hole Ellis, his Cronies and David O’Nearly dug us into.
Up The Villa!
Article by Lee Lindsay
Date:Tuesday November 14 2006
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