Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday August 20 2007
Martin Laursen says the display against Newcastle shows no team can take Villa lightly this season.
The man-of-the-match told the official site :
'We had to perform our very best and we did. We played really well and we showed everyone that we have a very competitive team, a team that can really do something this year. If we believe in it and we work hard every time we play, there is enough quality to do really well in this league.'
He also admits he so nearly scored, at both ends!
'Anywhere else and it was a goal. I would have loved to have scored a goal after my own-goal against Liverpool. But it wasn't to be.'
On loan goalkeeper Scott Carson was also left happy after the 0-0 having pulled off a couple of very handy saves.
'I was delighted to keep a clean-sheet on my debut. That was the main thing I tried to take out of the game. I thought the lads defended well and to be fair I didn't have a great deal to do. That's the way I like it - the lads did a great job. The defenders were superb and that's good to know. The communication will come over the next few games, but I was really pleased with how it went. It wasn't just the defence, I thought all the lads worked really hard and we deserved to come away with all three points really.'
Meanwhile if reports are to be believed, supposed Villa and Tottenham Hotspur target Curtis Davies has been priced out of a move as West Brom want in the region of £15million. At the end of the day this is only paper talk but if the Baggies don't want to let the player go, then why shouldn't they price him out of a move? The player is contracted to them, the players have too much power these days and maybe it is time for the balance to be redressed?
No other real rumours about at the moment linking Villa to any signings. 11 days left in this transfer window.... tick tock, tick tock, tick tock! (Would like to have said cuckoo but can't, I don't have that sort of a clock)
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Date:Monday August 20 2007
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