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The Villa Times - 18/12/2006

The Villa Times - 18/12/2006

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Gavin McCann is in a race to be fit for the home game against Manchester United next Saturday after picking up a hamstring strain in the match against dirty dirty Bolton. O'Neill said: 'Gavin got a very tight hamstring. We'll see what it's like and it hasn't gone, but it's very tight and he was complaining about it eight or nine minutes before half-time. There was no point taking any chances because we don't have the required squad.'

Tickets for the home games against Watford (Jan 20) and West Ham (Feb 3) are now on sale.

Martin O'Neill praised Craig Gardner for his second half sub appearance against Dirty Dirty Bolton. 'Craig's a decent player; he dominates a lot of reserve games. Many people may have thought - including myself - that he may have got a chance earlier. I thought about it and then he hurt his shoulder. But players have been doing OK. I thought it was an excellent introduction from him. Maybe he's feeling pretty down about that chance just after half-time. I was telling him to calm down - he fired one out to Gabby and it nearly hit me! But outside of that he was really excellent.'

Martin O'Neill is looking at strengthening in January but already rules out are Jermain Defoe of Spurs and Small Heath's Matthew Upson. New links include WBA defender Curtis Davis and Manchester United's defender Phil Bardsley although I'm not sure we are short of defenders are we: Full quotes: Click Here

Former Villa player Steve Stone has decided to hang up his boots at the age of 35 after Leeds United terminated his contract by mutual consent. Stone joined Villa in 1999 from Nottingham Forest and stayed until 2002 when he moved to Portsmouth. So, one more time: He's got no hair and we don't care, Stevie Stevie Stone!

Lee Hendrie wound up a Colchester player on Saturday asking him if he'd go and wash his Ferrari. Mr Vital Stoke also says he has gone a bit quiet of late. Usual lil Lee then? Full article: Click Here

Lee Hendrie on the Villa and the fact he still see's his future in the Premiership 'I'm still Villa's player and I'll have to see what Martin O'Neill thinks. I'm 29, have six months left on my contract and Villa, as has happened in the past, haven't come to sign a new one. I still think I can do it for a few more years in The Premiership. I'm going to give it a right go from now on.' : Click Here

Martin O'Neill admits he is worried by Villa's slide down the league and says it was always going to be tough to maintain our position with this squad. And Gary Cahill is mystified as to how we lost the game v dirty dirty Bolton. Click Here

Villa's 20-year-old keeper Robert Olejnik has taken the arrival of loan keeper Gabor Kiraly in his stride and says might need to go out on loan to gain some first team experience. Full article: Click Here

Gabor Kiraly Wants Prem Football, I don't mean he wants the football, I mean he wants to play football in the Premiership....! Full article: Click Here

Ron Saunders article - Part 1 and Part 2

Details of the SCG meeting: Click Here

Villa defender Martin Laursen has told, of which I'm a regular reader ;-) that his recuperation from his latest injury set back is going well and he is eager to prove his worth once he is back and fit. 'It's going excellently. It's been five weeks out of the expected three months, but things are in order and I am quite optimistic.'

Thought for the day: Do or do not do, there is no try, YODA

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday December 18 2006
Time: 3:00PM


Yawn - the dirty, dirty Bolton tag is both inaccurate and rather boring!
18/12/2006 15:22:00
I've never seen Mr Fear so wound up. I take it most of the Bolton players are off your xmas card list then JF?
18/12/2006 15:47:00
Geruish. If it's boring then sod off to your own site. You were never invited.
18/12/2006 16:53:00
boring to watch, I totally agree Geruish. Off my Christmas card list deano and the presents went back to Father Argos this afternoon! To be fair I've never had much of a problem with Bolton but the way they singled out players like Sutton and tried to take them out (without flowers and chocolates before hand) in the first half was disgraceful.
The Fear
18/12/2006 16:58:00
Bit of news - Gary Charles has been jailed. "threatened a doorman with an imaginary knife". Poor bloke, obviously needs help.
18/12/2006 19:42:00
I like MON's line about Gardner neary hitting him with his attempted pass to Agbonlahor, I couldn't believe it myself
18/12/2006 19:47:00
Bit more news... look what some sod did to Wikipedia earlier:
18/12/2006 20:31:00
So the poor sod (Charles) turned into an alchoholic, shame used to be a nice bloke, I wish him well the 12 months will probably do him a favour, no booze inside, but plenty of drugs to fuel an addictive personality, hope he pulls through
18/12/2006 21:10:00
A lot going on both on and off the pitch at Villa Park, but you still get the feeling that this is very much the calm before the January storm hits.
18/12/2006 21:12:00
January will be a telling month.
20/12/2006 17:05:00
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