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The Villa Times - 18/09/2007

Unoial Villa News...



West Brom Chairman Jeremy Pearce has explained the season long loan deal of Curtis Davies to Aston Villa was done - instead of a direct sale - for accounting and not football reasons.

Martin O'Neill has spoken about Norwegian international striker John Carew who has so far this season fired blanks. 'John has got a little bit of a groin problem and we were going to play him for as long as we could. Most strikers thrive on goals and once he gets off the mark for us I think he'll be fine. The last thing I like to hear is that he is doing great for Norway, I'm the club manager for Aston Villa and I'd like him to do brilliantly for us.'

Gary Cahill is in demand as a host of Championship clubs are trying to sign the 21-year-old Villa defender on loan. O'Neill told the official site: 'There's always the possibility these things, but it is delicate because we still don't have the biggest squad out there. But we still want the players to play some games, there's no doubt about that. There have been a number of teams who have enquired about Gary and I will give that consideration this week.'

The reserves play Derby County at Villa Park tonight at 7pm. Curtis Davies could feature and Patrik Berger is expected to make a return for the reserves having recovered from a hamstring injury he picked up in pre-season.

Marlon Harewood has had some good news about the injury he picked up in training. MON explained: 'Marlon feels half decent and we are now treating it as a lot of bruising around that area. So, though we're still cautious, it might not be the length of time out we first feared. That would be great news.' O'Neill also says the 28-year-old striker has been 'absolutely flying in training' adding they hope he won't be out of action for long. My cup runneth over.

Match report for Manchester City v Villa Click Here
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Managers reaction: Click HereMartin O'Neill audio: Click Here

Balloons for Villa Park as fans continue to try to do their part in cheering on the Claret and Blue. Click Here

Villa legend Ian Taylor says that Nigel Hokey-Cokey is just what Villa needed, 'He gives a real edge to the midfield. His battling qualities are second to none and I think the fans will really love him here. I think they've taken to him already and he's a good leader as well. He's a real leader out on the pitch and he's a voice. Hopefully he'll be a great asset to us for years to come.' Villa Legend Digs The Hokey Cokey.

What sort of club have Villa become? One family's experience of the way Villa deal with problems: Click Here

Vital Villa, ahead of the clash v Manchester City this afternoon asked on behalf of villabikes29 After an impressive debut by Zat Knight, who should start v Man City? 88% said Zat Knight should get the nod! 12% wanted to see new signing Curtis Davies straight into the team following his recovery from injury.

Scott Carson says he has to keep being consistent for Villa to knock on the door for the England No1 jersey. 'There's no point in just sitting around settling for what I've got. I've got to work hard and hopefully I'll get my chance for England and show I'm up to the standard. There was obviously a little bit of hope I'd get my chance, but I think if the manager was going to change it he would have played David James. I don't think there is a big gap between all the keepers from Robert Green and Chris Kirkland to me, David James and Paul Robinson. I think I've got to keep putting in performances for Aston Villa and just get to that next level, which is being England No1.'

Leicester play Nottingham Forest tonight to see who will face Villa next Wednesday in the Carling Cup 3rd round.

Martin O'Neill has returned to the subject of our homesick Shaun Maloney and says he is hopeful he'll be able to settle and make an impact. 'I'm not here to imprison anybody, but by the same token, people sign contracts and for the most part, unless they've been really hard done by, they have to abide by these things.' Adding, 'So we'll monitor all these situations. I don't want life to be intolerable for people - but this is professional football, and it's far from intolerable.'

Villa reminder of the bus service the club are running: Click Here to go to the official site article

Vital Villa asked for your man of the match votes in the 1-0 loss to Manchester City. Only one winner really, step forward England midfielder Gareth Barry with 52%. I'm surprised that Wilfred Bouma came second with 11% but then again, what do I know! ;-p Full results: Click Here

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 18 2007

Time: 4:01PM

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I hate to say it, but this week it really has hit it home for me. Today it's all about the Champions League - end of story. Unfortunately the gulf appears to be widening too, ignoring all the hype from Sky, Setanta saying its the most competitive league in the world. The League is close beneath the top 4, but these teams are just competing for the joke that is the Champions League parachute payment competition. The FA and Worthless Cups also appear to be going the same way, with the top 4 using these competitions to field their second string squads (which are usually better the rest's first team!). If our players consistently perform eventually they will be looking for a move to one of these elite teams. Perhaps I'm feeling down in the dumps, but I can't see an end to this. How are other people viewing all this?
tarzan
An interesting, somewhat depressing, but rather accurate assessment of the current situation tarzan, that's how I view your posting. Our mediocre offering at The City Of Manchester stadium last weekend, brought it home to all of us I believe, just how far we still have to go to become a team capable of qualifying for Champions League football. My major concern is that come seasons end, should we fail to at least gain a UEFA Cup spot for next season, some of our lads might get itchy feet, and feel the need to move on.
glensider
My apologies for being such a suicidal sid. Chelsea 25k for a home game in the Champions League - what a disgrace. Could you imagine the crowds if we qualified for that competition! I'm happier now after a few glasses of red and reading about Curtis's good performance for the reserves (he's going to be great). We are making slow progress
tarzan
 

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