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Not A Cloud In The Sky (Match Rep)

Not A Cloud In The Sky (Match Rep)

They said that it was a typical gloomy, overcast, November day. Well I never noticed, neither did any of the 3,000 plus Villans packed in the Railway End, along with the few brave souls who were scattered amongst the blue and white lot around the stadium.

For us all the sun was shining, and everything was right with the world. We were there to party, and for most of the 90 minutes or so, we did.

Didn't enjoy the 80 minute or so lock in at the end though. I can sort of understand the reasoning behind it, buit 80 minutes? I personally thought that that was uncalled for.

We started slowly, and doubts started to creep into the Railway End supporters, but we needn't have worried. Liam Ridgewell, as he was prone to do for us all too often, decided to take it upon himself to change the course of the game, by diverting the rather superb Stan Petrov's hard driven cross past a bemused Maik Taylor, and into the back of the Tilton Road net. 1-0 to the good guys.

We dominated the rest of the half, always in control, yet failed to add to the lead, which of course left us open to the expected Birmingham City onslaught that was certain to come in the second forty-five. Yes, Birmingham had two heated claims for penalties, but without the aid of repeated t.v. showings to confirm or deny my on the spot opinions, I thought the ref got it right both times.

Onto the second half, and the introduction of Mikel Forssell, a substitution which at the time worried me a little. The guys a predator, and despite having some injury issues of late, he's always liable to pop one in, and our fears were confirmed when he put the Blues level, to jolt the home lot awake, and up the noise and atmosphere level inside Birmingham's biggest eyesore (which incidentally wasn't full).

Nigel Reo-Coker volleyed over into the traveling Villans, an awful miss, when it looked so much easier to score. Blues pressed, and many of us started to think that maybe a point would be fine, if we could only hold out. Ridgewell nearly atoned for his first half blooper when his goalbound header was cleared off the line (by Gabby I believe), and we were then looking at our watches wishing that the last few minutes would hurry by. We needn't have worried.

Ashley swung over a superb cross that Gabby got onto the end of, and the pandemonium began. Found myself hugging a complete stranger who had been sat in the row behind, but was now encircled in my arms. Understand Gabby was booked for his joyous celebration, but missed that completely. The lads reaction at the end was superb, every one a hero. Olof's face was a picture. You could see it meant as much to the players as it did to us the supporters.

Thanks Martin and the lads. You did us proud.

My man of the match was Stilyan Petrov, who I thought looked very much as if his confidence and form are returning by the match. Ash too was class. When isn't he? No everythings still not 100%. We're not world-beaters yet. We still have some way to go. We have our faults, faults that no doubt Martin and co are well aware of, and will seek to rectify come January. But I'm not going to be negative in any way. We've just turned over that lot from across the way. I'm going to celebrate and gloat until we come up against them next Spring. Hopefully that'll be the day we charge the visiting supporters forty-five quid per ticket, and keep them locked inside Villa Park for 80 minutes at the end.

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Date:Monday November 12 2007
Time: 9:31AM


Really hard to pick a MOTM. I thought they were all superb with the possible exceptions of Carew and NRC. Well played you Villa Boys!
12/11/2007 10:18:00
i thought Steve Bennet did ok ........oh joy oh joy......very quiet on the nose front today....wonder why?
12/11/2007 10:24:00
We're still paying Ridgewell, we're still paying ridgewell! La la la la oi la la la la oi!
12/11/2007 10:41:00
Didn't go to the match. Refuse to put £45 into their pockets, but the atmosphere around the pubs in North Birmingham was tremendous. Spoke to loads of my mates in different pubs and they all seemed to be 99% Villa. All day the streets were amass with happy Villans. Thanks MON and the players. I believe this is MON's biggest achievement so far. He has got a team of hungry committed players who all die for the cause and are proud to play for the club. Great to hear in the article from someone there about the expression on the players faces. This team are playing for US and not just the wage packet. I think this is why MON is cautious in the transfer market. He is not only looking at skill, he is very keen to make sure any new additions are of the right character in his team ethic. You could have a wonderfully skilled player like, for example Berbatov, but would he cause unrest in the squad? This is why we must be patient with MON transfer dealings. He knows what he is doing, but it will take time. Isn't it also good to see that Steve Bruce has taken over from O'Leary as the biggest moaner and whinger in the game. I quite like Bruce as a manager, but the unwashed have reduced him to a moaning minnie. He needs to get out, quick! Also, up yours David Gold. You couldn't sell your own tickets at those ridiculous prices. Looks like the General won as well as the Villa!
12/11/2007 10:42:00
Who needs the evening mail when you have our man on the pitch Glensider.
12/11/2007 11:49:00
No noise from the Vital Blues boys, but I did find a good couple of articles on there...
12/11/2007 12:00:00
Thanks col8. The glensider reports from right there in the thick of the action, and he tells it like it is. What a very pleasant Sunday outing that turned out to be.
12/11/2007 12:26:00
Glensider, great article - and i too was impressed by Petrov's performance. It would seem we may just be about to see the player we were promised 18 months ago! I certainly hope so anyway. Barry was everywhere - he was immense as usual - and Young took the P*** out of the blues defence. Great result - goodish performance.
The Usual Suspect
12/11/2007 13:34:00
I was going to write a similar article for JF! But no need! Up the villa!
12/11/2007 13:40:00
My father served 22 years in the British Army. I couldn't agree more Stig.
The Usual Suspect
12/11/2007 14:42:00
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