Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

O'Neill On FA Cup Draw

O'Neill On FA Cup Draw

Martin O'Neill has admitted the FA Cup third round game against Manchester United at Old Trafford isn't the easiest game we could have asked for!

O'Neill continued about the game to be played on the weekend of January 6 and 7 (surely a guaranteed televised game?):

'There's always something special about the third round draw - a real buzz of expectancy. You can get paired with one of the minnows or a fellow Premiership side. On this occasion we've drawn the Premiership leaders and it is fair to say the draw could have been kinder to us!'

'But our approach will be positive and I'm confident we can go up there and give a good account of ourselves, with a view to progressing further in the competition. We've done well away from home this season and we'll need to produce something special up at Old Trafford to progress.'

I know some don't agree but I'm not sure we need to worry too much about the FA Cup this season, lets get top six in the league and qualify for the UEFA Cup (or dare we dream a little dream and aim higher with a few new arrivals in January?). That will make next summers spending spree far easier surely as most of the top players want European football and will only move to clubs who have that.


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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday December 4 2006
Time: 11:08AM

Comments

0
You're a tad unlucky, having visited Stamford Bridge in the League Cup and now due to visit Old Trafford in the FA Cup.
midlothian99
04/12/2006 11:30:00
0
We seem to be getting man ure in the cup every other season.
chris the villan
04/12/2006 11:35:00
0
Great to here MON speaking about getting in the top 6 this season! Why not aim high? As for Utd... any chance of them fielding the kids?
DeanoVilla
04/12/2006 11:53:00
0
every dog has his day, this could just be ours, no team is unbeatable. UTV
steff_the_villan
04/12/2006 13:43:00
0
I'm assuming MON said 'next summers spending spree'. I get the impression that January might not be the signing bonanza we expect. Perhaps one or 2 to bolster the squad. After all most of the decent players will be wanted by their clubs until August. I can only think of a couple like Boa Morte of Fulham and Sidwell of Reading. Smith of Man U might be a loan signing though. Roll on January, UTV
Gazvilla
04/12/2006 13:46:00
0
Totally agree JP. Let's concentrate on the league and make sure we get into Europe. Whilst cup runs are always good, it's usually at the expense of the league form
Geordie_Villa
04/12/2006 14:37:00
0
how many more times do we have to face united in the 3rd round!? doubt they'll play the kids, Fergie will want this cup....3 times in 3 weeks we have to play them (not to mention Spurs and Chelski thrown in between thar), its going to be a tough Christmas
son_of_cher
04/12/2006 14:51:00
0
If we are going to win anything we have to take on every team, no matter what their rank or status. Given what has happened in previous years I think we have a better chance of beating MU this year than any cup opponents last year. We have every chance of winning, why moan?
DoogieTyBrenin
04/12/2006 14:58:00
0
The luck of the draw can kill your F.A. Cup dreams stone dead no matter what round you progress to. Yes, lets enjoy a decent run if we can, but concentrating on a top six premiership placing is a damn sight more sensible and realistic. The top four positions will no doubt be filled by everyone's pre-season picks, but after that, every team is much of a muchness, and the battle for a UEFA Cup placing is very open.
glensider
04/12/2006 17:07:00
0
Its a one off match, lose and its not the end of the world but win and its a springboard for the rest of the season.
col8
04/12/2006 19:03:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Aston Villa Articles

The Villa Times - 27/03/2017 (Aston Villa News Round-up)

The latest Aston Villa news and views via the uno fish ial one...

One Of The Greatest Phone Calls You Can Get

Steve Bruce, his moments since coming to Aston Villa...

3rd Minute Applause For 'Our' Little Charlie Round

Forever one of us. Rest in peace little man. 3rd minute applause.

Championship 2016/17 Golden Boot Battle (27/3/17)

The final international break of the Championship 2016/17 season ticks on by and this year could see a number of players break the 20 goal mark.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Vital Villa Player Of March
Suggested By: JP Fear
Baker6%
Chester5%
Johnstone13%
Taylor0%
Jedinak39%
Hutton10%
Hourihane2%
Lansbury0%
Adomah0%
Bjarnason15%
Amavi0%
Bree0%
Gardner0%
Kodjia10%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Blog: Australian GP Report
Latest Vital Boxing News
McGoldrick Wins Professional Debut
Vital Football Comment

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Norwich City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Queens Park Rangers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Burton Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 15 2017 3:00PM : Reading (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 2:45PM : Fulham (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 23 2017 12:00PM : Birmingham City (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear401
2.Pride of Lions312
3.sirdennis307
4.HeathfieldRoad1874288
5.JuanPabloAngel276
6.Sasquatch207
7.Silhillvilla174
8.Melon Donkey160
9.BodyButter147
10.DeanoVilla137
Write for Vital Football