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A Tinted View? Perhaps.

So, where to start? the score line? No, the poor ref? No, how about the fact that even after watching my beloved team lose 1-4 I still enjoyed the match, still had a smile on the long drive back home to N Wales, No, (obviously just a nutter).

The fact is the atmosphere inside our grand old stadium was electric with expectation, It's beginning to feel like the fortress it once was, there is a belief about the place, a belief carried by the fans, but more importantly by the players themselves.

We took the game to United, and Gabby (from a beautiful cross supplied by Ashley) was the first player to breach their defence and score against them in how many hours? I believe it was about ten, and I am sure the statos amongst you will correct that, and if only Luke had managed to get a touch it would have been 2-0 and a whole different game would have unfolded, but it was not to be, and ifs don't count.

What we did get was wave after wave of an attacking United side that were obviously fearful of the hairdryer treatment they were going to receive at half time, and Saturdays villain amongst Villans Zat Knight, drop in concentration, inexperience, call it what you will, that ball should never have been allowed to travel through for the first tap in, and Rooney is not the sort of player you can give an inch, never mind a mile, which is close to the space he was allowed to create for himself for gift number two. Gardner, unlucky lad, any other day that would have been struck sweetly and vanished up the pitch, but one of those days was unfolding and it sliced up inside the bar and in the net.

Aggression is a very useful tool when it is controlled, unfortunately Coker seems to let his get the better of him at times, still think the refs decision was a bit on the harsh side with the fouls more down to bad timing then evil intent, and down to ten men, a bit of silliness by Carson and down to nine.

So bring on the inevitable dropped heads, Villa rolling over again, but wait, what’s this, down to nine men and still going for it, Gabby and Young still causing them problems, Maloney and Osbourne coming on and the team going for it, even though it was out of reach, that’s more like it, that’s what I expect week in week out.

It has been stated elsewhere that there is no man of the match due to such a beating, I beg to differ, Gabby was outstanding and worked his socks off, a never say die attitude, an attitude that I can see spreading around the team, yes we lost, we lost due to a couple of silly mistakes against one of the best teams in the world, a team that Sir Alex stated were playing at the top of their form at the moment, so yes we lost, but did the team please me, damn right they did, I have been waiting to see that attitude come back for a long time and its getting there.

There are many who are slating MON, and the fact is, he has given them good reason, the transfer window was a nightmare, some of his purchases questionable to say the least, some of his decisions and tactics????? where do you start? but one thing that is apparent, the players respect him, they want to play for him, and many have stated how he is improving their game, I know it's just my opinion, but I believe he is good for the team and I still believe he is the man for the job and will take us forward.

So there you have it, a claret and blue tinted opinion of Saturday, obviously please feel free to shoot me down in a torrent of vitriol, I am used to it, and I expect it, but I for one felt proud of the boys as I stood, cheered and clapped the last player off that pitch. UTV




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Writer: steff_the_villan Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 21 2007

Time: 7:28PM

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Thank you steff_the_villan !!!!!! I agree with every single thing you said a proper fan who wrote exactly how I seen the match, i see other villa sites, an articles an when we lose all they do is say how shi*t we were, just seein a few mistakes an the scoreline, which did'nt reflect the match a tall, the crowd was so loud i could'nt hear the guy talkin about the match it was just brilliant, gabby an young were outstanding, an we played with 9 men most of the second half against utd an we still were going at them getting shots an corners how many teams could of done that, every one talking about how great tevez an rooeny were it took them till nearly 40 mins an it was gifted to them as were the two after that an then they played a team that only had 9 men in the second half that why they had so much room to pass. was funny when young dummyed him in the second half he just stood there as young tryed for another attack lol. so to steff_the_villan great artice just how i seen it.
toner911
Well, Steff, you've written perhaps a more eloquent and expansive version of my earlier posting, and I wholeheartedly agree. Except that I thought that Young was nearly up there with Gabby. His nutmeg of Rooney near the end was delicious!
the_lergy
Excellent article steff, and great comments by the other posters. It is nice for a positive slant, and not the constant negativity which appears on this site all too often. There is no doubt we are going in the right direction, however Rome was not built overnight, there will be questionable transfers, on strange tactical approaches, however we need a longterm stability working to a long term goal, with everyone pulling in same direction. this i think was very much on show yesterday when 1-4 down with 9 men, the lads just kept going and going. I dont think i have seen that since big Ron's days.
roehe
Harking back to the transfer window again, with no hint of who we should of signed or missed out on. Luke Moore didn't deliver yet again, but this goes unoticed. With Marewood and Petrov getting critisised even though they are not playing!!
tarzan
Wow Steff you are easily pleased I dont think we took the game to them at any stage really we were a shambles.I commend your enthusiasm though,the crowd that stayed behind when we had Carson sent off was great and exactly the spirit we need.
Pking
tarzan, the piece was not about the window, and if you check the forums you will spot that I have not slated MON at all over his signings or expressed any opinion of who he should or should not sign, a waste of my time, it is MONs job and he will live or die by his choices, whoever he signs has my full support, he will sign good, and he will sign bad, tell me a manager who doesn't. It was also mentioned that Moore missed a sitter, and Harewood and Petrov were not mentioned!!!!!! Pking, just saying it as I saw it, It's not an overnight job but I can see it coming together.
steff_the_villan
steff_the_villan, superb piece of writing. Positive and upbeat, very typical of your goodself. Puts some of the knee-jerk reaction posters to shame, who have derided everything and anything claret and blue following the defeat. Great stuff.
glensider
Nice piece steff.
The Usual Suspect
The thing I get bewildered by is the total lack of consistency from the referees. It has been suggested by some that NRC "should modify his game/approach" when playing against the top 4. This in itself is totally wrong. Did you see Viera or Keane do that? In our previous game Lee Bowyer used the whole 90 mins to try and get NRC sent off, disgraceful in my opinion, but it went virtually unpunished by the referee. I don't know what the answer is, perhaps it's symtomatic of the ever widening gap from the top 4, it's seems in everyone's interest that the top 4 remain. This season alone against us; Liverpool, Chelsea and Man U have been terrible in harranging the refs - It should be the OPPOSITE! We shouldn't lambast NRC on his own. Other players didn't deliver on Saturday (Moore again, Barry was wasted from his England exploits).
tarzan
very good piece steff,makes a change from all the negative stuff you read after a 4 1 defeat.must say after 20 25mins we were the team taking the game to the champions i agree and should have had a penalty too but after that we stood back and admired them a bit too much and the defending was just abysmal,schoolboy stuff.
Belfast Villain
Does anyone know how many games NRC and Carson will be missing?
PBAVFC
Well written and sums up the feelings of the true faithful. Tarzan - I agree about the Luke Moore evaluation. He has had an extended run and is simply not doing it - he drifts out of games and has missed some sitters. At first I thought that he and Carew were incompatible, but it is the same story when he plays with Gabby. I like the kid but I do feel he is let off lightly just because he's come through the system and is a Villa lad. I have a feeling that the early introduction of Maloney, and MON's endorsement of Gabby and Young are a sign that Luke may not be in the starting line-up at Bolton..... I expect to see Davies replace Knight (who has been at fault a number of times in recent games) and Maloney replace Luke.
gmvillan
Luke isn't doing the business. I like the guy, think he's a quality finisher, but he's not producing. Shaun Maloney deserves a start on Sunday at The Reebok, while Curtis Davies will I hope be introduced into the defence.
glensider
i cant stand watching us sit deep and not close the ball personally, we do it every game when we are at home inviting pressure.
Stig
Good post Steff, In the first 20 mins we were great and should of been 2 up, that would have made the difference. Luke's confidence has gone and he badly needs a goal from anywhere, but Malony deserves the start at the Reebok. The drive was there for all to see, even at 4-1 down we were still giving it a go, and that is peasing too see. I would like us to close down more but there you go, makes for an open game when we don't.
rdunbar100
We got beat by the current champions and possibly the next champions. the match just highlighted the fact we are a long way from being in the top four. it's teams like Everton, Newcastle, Fulham, Spurs.........and so on, we need to beat that will move us on to the next level......top 6.
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