Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday December 14 2006
Come on Villa fans, lets be aving ya!
Another stupid kick off time thanks to Sky (why oh why, for a company that has put so much into football, can't these people provide decent kick off times for their televised games? Do they seriously not understand these pathetic times are killing the traditions in the game?)
Sorry, I'm going off on one, the point is Martin O'Neill has told fans that they can play a massive part in the important Premiership clash this weekend in the battle against Bolton Wanderers.
Last season we played Bolton in the first game at home and saw four goals in nine minutes in front of a crowd of 33 363. That was under the ever dull David O'Leary. Surely, in spite of the kick off time and the fact it is on tv, we can beat that attendance?
O'Neill said: 'If we can get a bit of confidence about ourselves now at home and get the crowd stirred up, that would be great. We need to get the players lifted. They have seen us at Sheffield United, they know we're battling like men and they know we're trying to play - we're getting it down and playing some exciting stuff.'
'Now for the first time, it's up to the crowd to help lift us. The supporters can play a huge part, and it's the first time I've asked of them.'
Right, watch out stewards, we'll be having it large (and no, I don't have any idea what that means, I'm getting old and want to show I'm still 'down with the kids!) with the advertising board in front of me on Saturday!!!!!!!
The Villa boss (love saying that about O'Neill) added: 'Before now it's been up to us, and I suppose it still is, but really now we could get an enormous lift from getting the crowd coming in and supporting us. They know now the players want to go and play. We're playing some lovely stuff going forward, and it would be a great lift if we could get it.'
Official site info:
Bolton Wanderers Saturday 16 December kick off 5.15pm
Category B game
Tickets on Sale from Monday 30 October.
Call Consumer Sales on 0871 423 8101
Date:Thursday December 14 2006
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