The Villa Times - 18/12/2006
Unoial Villa News...
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 viasatsport.com, 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