Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday January 1 2007
No doom and gloom at Villa. That is the message from Martin O'Neill who says our slide in the league isn't a big surprise to him.
'Our slide isn't a surprise to me at all. This isn't things coming home to roost - I was delighted with the number of points we got on the board. Never for one moment did I think for one moment we were good enough to be in the top four or five teams. We've got a lot of work to do. I knew at some stage this type of situation would develop. It has arrived but it's far from doom and gloom and we're at a particular juncture where we want to do something about it.'
'This league's all about winning enough games to make life a bit less difficult. We've got plenty of confidence in the side, but I'm always concerned. You deserve what you get in this league. After 38 matches this season, wherever we finish, we will deserve. We might get a bit of luck next week - we might have to wait three weeks for it - but I'm not crying about it. However we have gathered our points, we need some more.'
Adding on the official site 'We've been playing well but in recent weeks, that's been the story of our games. We have to go and put it right and we're determined to do so. It's all very well playing nice football, but we have to win games and that's what we have to try to do.'
As a few have said on our message boards and article comments, this was always going to be a long job, it could take Martin O'Neill two seasons or so before Villa are really doing the business and the squad is depleted no matter what anyone says! Yes, we've used more players than any other this season, but what does that prove? Certainly doesn't show the lack of strength in depth and doesn't show the lack of quality, some of our players are honest lads (copyright David O'Leary) but they are either far from the finished product or far from any team who have real pretensions of winning anything! So despite the fact we all panic when we lose a few, lets keep the faith!!!!!!
Date:Monday January 1 2007
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