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Mellberg Confident Of Villa Win

Olof Mellberg says that despite an uninspiring performance against Derby County last weekend, the players know the importance of the local derby and that the team can step up a gear.

He told Lisa Smith at the Birmingham Post:

' I confident for the Birmingham game? Yes, definitely.'

Adding, 'It is important to win even if you are not on top of your game. We probably need to raise our game a little bit for Sunday and I hope the Derby game showed we have acquired the knack of winning when not playing well. That is really important. All the top teams, that is what they do and sometimes that can be the difference from being up there challenging and being a mid-table team.'

Just got to hope that the players, especially the younger ones, realise they'll have to BATTLE for every ball and nothing but 100% for the full 90 mins will be accepted from the Villa faithful, this is their time to repay our support surely?!?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 8 2007

Time: 11:34AM

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Why do I get nervous when Mellberg starts talking before a Derby game?
still skeggy
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08/11/2007 11:37:00

My exact thoughts
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08/11/2007 11:46:00

Dito Skeggy. I seem to remember his words backfired last time he opened his mouth! Come on boys lets leave the talking till Sunday!
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08/11/2007 11:52:00

We need to perform like we did against Chelsea like our lives depend on it! Anything less is unacceptable!
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08/11/2007 12:04:00

If you play poor you will still win because they are sh**!!! 4-1 to the Villians, easy!
will it ever happen
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08/11/2007 12:09:00

I'm already planning a big ***** up infront of telly. not going to the pub in case we loose and there are blue noses in there gloating. come on villa lets give them a kicking and wipe the floor with them. My heart says villa win my head says a tough game that could go either way.
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08/11/2007 12:39:00

If Birmingham put it up to us they'll win.
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08/11/2007 13:25:00

last time Mellberg shouted his mouth we lost and Bruce mocked him post match. If I remember correctly potato head said Mellberg wouldn't get into the Bles defence.
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08/11/2007 13:42:00

That must have been before liam "can't run" ridgewell captained them. What a tool Bruce is.
The Usual Suspect
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08/11/2007 13:52:00

Doesnt that thick t**t every learn! Keep your mouth shut Mellberg and concentrate on the game.
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08/11/2007 13:54:00

To be fair all he said is that he's confident going into the game thats not really mouthing off.
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08/11/2007 14:10:00

Good. Im glad hes confident. He needs to be for this sunday.
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08/11/2007 17:19:00

It bugs me when players are asked questions by journos, such as 'Ar you confident against Blues?, to which the only reasonable answer for a pro is 'Of course I'm confident', and then the journo misquotes the player, or quotes him out of context, and then everyone picks up on it as if that's what the player actually said, and before you know it he's getting called a 'thick tw*t' and being accused of 'shouting his mouth off'. When will we learn ...
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08/11/2007 19:23:00

Olof has said nothing out of order. We cant march into The Sty on Sunday fearing the worst simply because one or more of our players have expressed a degree of confidence when asked a question by a journalist. What will cost us on Sunday is a poor performance, lacking pride, belief, and passion. It will have nothing to do with a few off the cuff comments made by our right full back.
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08/11/2007 19:38:00

Why do you think they have asked Olly for his view.?...... journos know what he said three years ago or whatever it was and are looking for more controversial copy, better to say what he has said than oh no we are fearful of going there they are a force to be reckoned with etc.... come on get a grip
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08/11/2007 20:50:00

Yeah Wislor, did you actually read the article??
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08/11/2007 20:54:00

no i just came on here and commented for no reason u tool
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09/11/2007 01:06:00

Then why are you accusing Mellberg of being as mentally challenged as yourself you blind drooler.
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09/11/2007 09:10:00

does the phrase "grow up" mean anything to you? you sad little man
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09/11/2007 12:22:00

Fight Fight Fight
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09/11/2007 13:01:00

chill out guys....!
The Fear
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09/11/2007 14:17:00

Apologies for lowering the tone.
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09/11/2007 18:48:00

But he did start it!
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09/11/2007 18:49:00

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09/11/2007 18:50:00

Your on your own there 444.
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09/11/2007 22:00:00

And I missed out on all the fun...feck!
Blue is the colour
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09/11/2007 22:18:00

villadykes you want some as well????
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10/11/2007 10:45:00

You have to love Olof. He hates the noses, and everything about them, as much as we do.
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13/11/2007 21:29:00


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