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The Villa Times - 03/01/2007

The Villa Times - 03/01/2007

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Tickets for the trip to Newcastle (January 31) are now on priority sale.

Middlesbrough 34-year-old defender Abel Xavier has been linked by Sky to Villa. The Portugal international with the wacky hair returned this season from a year long drug ban.

Reports suggest O'Neill is in the race to land Shaun Wright-Phillips for around £10million. Manchester City, Portsmouth, West Ham and Everton have also been linked.

Newspapers in Scotland have linked Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson to Villa and Everton.

Eric Djemba-Djemba, is being chased by French side Lille.

West Ham are copying Randy Lerner and Villa, offering supporters the chance to take advantage of free coach travel to Villa Park on Saturday, February 3. Their Chairman has decided on the gesture following yesterday's 6-0 defeat at Reading to apologise to the fans.

Wales international right-back Mark Delaney is set to visit the same American knee specialist that Martin Laursen used last year to help try to resolve the injury that has ruined yet another season for the luckless defender. Wish I could go with him, does the Doc do 2 for 1 offers?! Full article:
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Match stats from Villa 0-0 Chelsea:
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Vital Villa asked who was Villa's biggest flop? Bosko Balaban got 80%, Nil Lamptey 5%, Stan Collymore 5%, David Unsworth 4%, Sasa Curcic 3% and David Ginola 1%.

Martin O'Neill says the fans were fantastic last night and the team will continue to try to do what they can to keep them happy, He said: 'I thought the crowd were fantastic, the best I've heard. I thought the atmosphere against Manchester United in front of a full house was pretty good. But they were deflated late on because United had scored a couple of goals, but last night they were absolutely terrific. We forced a corner and the roar that went up was superb and to me, that's what Villa Park can be like. I saw that for really the first time last night and I thought it was fantastic. I don't want to sound patronising, but it's up to us - players and myself - to try to keep that going if at all possible. Now I'm not saying we'll get that crowd when we play Watford, but we have to get a bit of momentum going if we can.'

Following last nights game Martin O'Neill explained 'Craig Gardner's got a groin problem and he just couldn't continue. But we'll know more about that one later today. It leaves us down to the bare bones because we had Peter Whittingham and Eric Djemba-Djemba - that was us. Didier Agathe was injured but his contract will be up very shortly so we'll see what happens.'

On Lee Hendrie O'Neill said he: 'is back with us and the way we're going he might as well come and join us. If Stoke want to talk to me they haven't spoke to me yet. It may just be out of courtesy. As for the transfer window, I start work this morning.'

Martin O'Neill says the Chelsea game was a steep learning curve for the youngsters 'I was pleased for the boys in the dressing room because this Premiership is a tough old place and if you look around the place, these players are remarkably young. It's never an excuse, but it's something that you can maybe build on.....Boys are learning their trade, but they have to learn quickly. And it's how quickly can you learn. You can actually play 50 Premiership matches and actually not pick up as much as you might think. It's about learning not to slip at important moments, learning to keep concentration. And if you've got the best centre forward playing against you, if you can't learn at times such as last night, then you'll never learn.'

Thought for the day: Girls. Don't worry about a nice dress for that important first date. All he's interested in is seeing you naked.

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday January 3 2007
Time: 4:06PM


MON's comments are all very well regarding not slipping up..but we need to create chances and take them.. we are impotent up front and need to drive forward from midifield. Its very difficult not to get impatient in the window, particularly gazing at ManU and Chleski's squads recently, Drogba, Scholes and Ronaldo were in a different league. Barry apart, we have no establish stars.
03/01/2007 16:37:00
Thing really aren't going to move forward without the arrival of a few stars and that might take until the summer if we don't get some luck this January. Lets just hope SWP liked VP last night.
The Fear
03/01/2007 16:54:00
I dont know what it is exactly, but every time I read MON's comments I always get the distinct feeling the guy knows what he's doing, what he wants, and how he/we are going to get there. He makes such a refreshing change to previous managers of recent seasons. Fills me with confidence, I guess thats what I'm trying to say.
03/01/2007 17:08:00
Agreed. He's a clever bloke. This internet frustration over signings is rubbish. Sky always have the scoop first.
03/01/2007 17:40:00
O would not like to play poker with MON as he certainly plays his cards close to his cheast, I wonder if Ian Wright would advise SWP to leave London and move to Villla?
03/01/2007 17:54:00
Hope the Barry Ferguson link isn't true, he is like a cheapo Joey Barton. Also, i know Bouma played well but did Shaun Wright Phillips look like the answer to our right side problems?
03/01/2007 18:47:00
not on last nights performance, but everyone has an off day, we can safely say we have seen him do a lot better.
03/01/2007 19:36:00
'As for the transfer windoww, I start work this morning'.... I'm hoping you started work in Septemeber Mr MON otherwise we won't be getting anyone.
04/01/2007 09:05:00
Djemba-Djemba needs to at least go out on loan somewhere. That guy needs to be playing. He cant be happy rotting away in our reserves.
02/03/2007 15:52:00
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