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Curtis Davies Savages Villa Debut

Good heavens above, an honest and frank player! This is quite frankly an amazing set of quotes! Curtis Davies has ripped his debut apart in what looks like a very depressing self assessment.

He told the official site: 'If I'm not honest with myself, I'll never improve as a player.'

'It was my debut and I was awful. I didn't contribute anything to the team. I've been bigging myself up saying I was ready and obviously by last night's performance, I'm not good enough to get in the team yet. I don't know what it was. I feel fit, I feel fine, so I'm not using any excuses like that. It was just on the day I choked. I wasn't nervous before the game and I wasn't nervous out there, it's just I didn't do anything right. It just seemed like it was going to be one of them nights.'

He adds if the result had gone Villa's way he would have probably got away with what he calls his worst ever performance. 'That's how I feel right now. The team I play in is a good team and the performance wasn't up to the standard of this team.'

He continues 'last night I think my passing completion was about five per cent. It wasn't the best performance to start my Villa career. I hope I will feature eventually, it's just last night was my chance to go out there and show exactly what I've got. I showed exactly what I've not got. I did nothing right, so come Monday if I'm on the bench or even in the stands, I'll accept it.'

I must admit, this interview is astounding, he says he has been saying he wants to push the first team players but said on last nights performance he wouldn't even give the youth players a run for their money.

'You can't pull the wool over people's eyes when you have a bad performance. If you're not true to yourself, you're not going to improve. If I don't come out and say how poorly I've done, I'm not going to push on and do any better.'

I don't think I've ever seen anything like that before, have you? Can't help but wonder if some of our other players who seem to just cruise have the same honesty about them when they assess their contributions in the claret and blue shirt? Mentioning no Bulgarian names!

How much did WBA want for Davies again? ;-p

The official site has an article of emails from fans rallying around the player and congratulating him on his honesty!

What a bizarre club we are, gotta love us though ain't cha?!?!?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 27 2007

Time: 10:36AM

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We all know he is capable and it's great that he wants to improve and realises he has to compete with the quality around him. What doesn't kill you will hopefully make you stronger... he now has to prove why we should buy him though.
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27/09/2007 10:48:00

Gotta respect his honesty. He can only get better. He's a class player and he'll show it.
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27/09/2007 10:49:00

Fair play, I almost thought he was on about Petrov. " I've been bigging myself up saying I was ready and obviously by last night's performance, I'm not good enough to get in the team yet. I don't know what it was. I feel fit, I feel fine, so I'm not using any excuses like that"
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27/09/2007 15:23:00

Sure it wasn't MONs fault JP/AVFC48?
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27/09/2007 16:52:00

Interesting. If he knew he was so bad at half time, why no improvement in the second half? At what time did he realise his performance was poor? The interesting thing here is that a player who says he knew he was poor, couldn't change it around. If he couldn't then what the heck is the manager meant to do?
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27/09/2007 17:35:00

It's pretty obvious you've never played, Gordonsleftboot. If you had, you would know that there are some games when it simply won't happen. Just have a look at the Champions League sometimes - did anybody see how many poor performances Ronaldinho put in last season?
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27/09/2007 18:27:00

Bob - no I have never been a professional but I have played. We are both making the same point. People are blaming MON for some of the performances last night. If the players know they are not doing it, and cannot rectify it, what is the manager meant to do?
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27/09/2007 18:54:00

Sure what wasn't MON's fault koolbill? If you mean the loss then surely part of it was his fault? At least he said it was, maybe he is just another MON knocker himself?
The Fear
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27/09/2007 21:08:00

If he was that poor, the player couldn't sort it, surely the manager would change the player gordonsleftboot, is that what the managers do, pick the players and change them if they aren't doing the business? Evidently not at times as most managers have their favourites, eg over a year of Petrov playing pants before being brought off! MON quotes suggest he is taking the blame, for me the players, manager and coaching staff have to be part of the equation, sure as hell wasn't the fans fault!
The Fear
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27/09/2007 21:10:00

Davies had a nightmare debut, but he was no worse than eight or nine others out there. On the positive side, he followed in the footsteps of Ken Mcnaught and Ugo Ehioghu, both of who were crucified by the supporters for their early showings, but both came back to enjoy distinguished Villa Park careers. Letys give the guy a break.
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27/09/2007 21:34:00

Imagine him amongst O'leary's HONEST bunch of lads!!!!
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27/09/2007 21:37:00

I like him already,I read a Leicster fan site after the game and it said he never put a foot wrong.
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27/09/2007 21:46:00

If MON hadn't rung the changes and we had won, then i'm pretty sure you would have fans coming on saying that he should have give so and so a run out...afterall it's only Leicester! Hindsight...mmm! Well done MON and Davis for being real men by admitting responsiblity.
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27/09/2007 22:42:00

MON put a strong team out there Nigel-not-Reo, but on the night the players just never showed. In hindsight its all too easy to condemn MON for his selections, but we were beaten because the players let themselves and the club down. I cant imagine for one minute that MON ever thought that those selected were capable of such a below par offering.
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27/09/2007 23:48:00

We might give Curtis 2 out of 10 for his performance on Wednesday, but he deserves 10 out of 10 for this honest assessment. All credit to the lad. I get sick of players who talk to the media after a bad performance and 'focus on the positives' etc. I think it's really refreshing that Curtis spoke out in this way. I was left feeling that he was DETERMINED to improve and that he would give 1000% never to perform like that again. Well done Curtis mate!
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28/09/2007 10:52:00

This is why MON is such a great manager, he only gets players who completely fit his wanted characteristics for new signings. This is the kind of attitude which will push Villa up to the dizzy heights of Europe/CL/Cups once all of his signings are at Villa.
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28/09/2007 13:00:00

It can either go two ways for Curtis Davies on Monday night if he starts; 1. He puts in a man of the match performance against an out of form Berbatov and Keane, OR 2. He gets run ragged by them. This is an absolute must win game for us after our torrid start to the season. The Spurs team will be; Robinson, Chimbonda, Dawson, Kaboul, Lee, Lennon, Huddlestone, Jenas, Bale, Keane, Berbatov. Hoping for a win but will be a draw IMO. Tottenham 2 (Bale, Berbatov) - Aston Villa 2 (Agbonlahor 2).
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28/09/2007 13:07:00

Well IMHO a player whos had a really cruddy game needs to be sent back out onto the field to get it out of him system, I know it never worked for petrov but it may work for Davis.
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01/10/2007 07:33:00

Wonder if he'll keep his place in the lineup vs the Spuds. I doubt it somehow, but then again he might have a big point to prove?
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