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Villa Skipper Gives Reality Warning

Villa Skipper Gives Reality Warning

Villa skipper Gareth Barry has some wise words following our victory over Chelski yesterday.

The influential midfielder declared: 'This counts for nothing unless we build on it.'

Adding on the official site, 'It's been well documented that we've struggled against the top four teams, so it was nice to finally get three points against one of the big boys, especially Chelsea because they're riding high at the top of the league. Chelsea are as good a team as anyone to beat. Taking it on into the next game is the hardest thing now. Chelsea will be forgotten now, it's just another three points. We've got to think about a tough trip to Manchester City, who are flying as well. We've got a few days to think about this great result but then our minds will be on City.'

Shame the internationals have come to get in the way of the head of steam Villa were buidling. Barry also says that Europe has to be the target and the win has given them 'belief'.

Adding the importance of keeping Martin Laursen fit and 'The young players know themselves not to get carried away - their feet will be kept on the ground because the manager won't allow anything else. That's one defeat in 13 league games - we finished the season strongly. 'The opening game was a bit disappointing - that was a last minute winner again but hopefully we've got a lot to look forward to.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday September 3 2007
Time: 12:35PM


30% possession yesterday, but without too much disrespect to Man City, we should have more of the play against them in 2 weeks. I think the next step should be to start dominating games for a full 90mins, especially in midfield areas. We're going to create chances with the pace and urgency we have. The dependable Richard Dunne was sent off at the weekend so I think he'll be serving a ban? Hopefully we'll be at full strength, Sorensen and Berger, as well as Davies maybe in contention - what a selection headache for MON... though it's all good!
03/09/2007 13:05:00
Have to say I got a bigger buzz from our draw at Stamford Bridge last season don't know why,the way things panned out I think we were given a real chance of beating Chelsea yesterday and we took it.My expectations for the rest of the season are still a top 10 finish and good go at the cups,not getting to excited but delighted so far.
03/09/2007 13:12:00
Just saw a stat this time last season we were on 9 pts from 5 games so we've potentially made a better start then last season.
03/09/2007 13:15:00
I have to agree with Jose. Chelsea played well, and that is what makes the win more satisfying. We didn't beat a Chelsea side that were off colour, we beat a Chelsea side that played well. We were under the cosh for long parts of the game but defended superbly. More important, the players (and crowd) seemed to have the belief we could win whereas other games against the top four we have almost gone in with a 'damage limitation' attitude and hoped for a draw. I felt a bit sorry for Gary Cahill, missing out on a starting place, but MON is paid to make difficult decisions and he got that one right along with a lot others!
03/09/2007 13:46:00
Pking - how is 7 pts from 4 games better than 9 pts from 5 games last season? With 3 pts next game, we'll have 10pts from 5 games and IF we can maintain that form, it will definitely be a Top6 finish with 76pts for the season.
03/09/2007 14:04:00
We have also gained 4 more points, scored 3 more goals and conceded 1 less goal from the corresponding fixtures last year. Don't know what it proves, except how sad I really am :-)
Hoss The Villain
03/09/2007 14:12:00
I said a potentally better start,mr nitpicker
03/09/2007 14:35:00
potentially even.
03/09/2007 14:36:00
not awe inspirng (apart from Laurson's awesome prescence) but the execution of a well thought out plan was superb! MON is a genius!
03/09/2007 14:46:00
"were gonna win the league, were gonna win the league, and now your gonna believe us" Sorry, what was Barry on about?
03/09/2007 15:35:00
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