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The Spring Has Gone

Speaking recently to the official site, our manager explained that the team are determined to get back to winning ways against Sunderland but that morale has been dented by the losses and the players aren't quite as spring as they were.

It could just be the cold though.

'There is a different atmosphere to training when you've lost a few games, It's not that people don't enjoy training because when they get out on the pitch they are fine.

'But you sometimes lose that old spring in the step that carries you when you've won a game. You feel that life is rosy and you can take on the whole world.

'I'm not saying that it's disappeared but it goes into the back pocket for a moment.

'We'll get it right. It's far from doom and gloom around the place though because I think overall we're doing well.

'There's natural dissatisfaction because of two straight defeats. Portsmouth in particular was disappointing because we went into the game thinking we could win it.

'The goals came at really bad times for us. We were on the back foot immediately after an early own-goal and then Muntari scored an absolute screamer when we were forcing the pace and trying to get back into the game.

'We went in at half-time 2-0 down but we could have been 2-2 at least. Gabby had a chance just before half-time and earlier it looked easier for Martin Laursen to score than to miss with a header.

'Even at 2-0 going into the second half, I still felt we were in the game but then Muntari scored again.'

Paul Merson has questionned whether Villa have a plan B when we do get hiccups within a game and it's a fair point. Gareth Barry has commented that we seem to be better away from home as we rely on the counter attack more than anything which really proves Merse's point. When teams tighten up against us at Villa Park we are left clueless for fresh ideas on ways to get a goal.

However, it has to be said that the two losses have come against Arsenal and we were very unlucky to not take at least a point, and then Pompey who have been on a run of good form themselves of late. The days of thinking of Pompey as inferior opposition are long over and people shouldn't be over reacting to that loss.

What we need to see now is a bit more invention at home and a continuation of the away form we have seen of late.

If we get that, then people will start being happy again and the players can bounce around like rabbits.




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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 11 2007

Time: 6:26PM

Your Comments

Think a lot depends on the transfers brought in, as it will give the existing players a bit more of a spring in their step as well to see the ambition being expanded and more competition for places.
The Fear
So am I hurting. The lads can improve their hurt by turning in a winning performance at Sunderland this weekend. Not too much to ask is it?
glensider
They wasn`t two bad defeats, even the Portsmouth game where we had most of the team having a bad game, we were still in the game until the end. Sunderland away is not a bad choice to put the matter right. Let`s see who want`s it.
Fletch
Let Young have a free role on the pitch, let he go at the Sunderland defence from all angles and dont restrict him to the left wing all the time.
col8
i agree with col8. Maloney can play on the wing and young and the scot are the two lads we have that can take people on. Let them run rings around sunderlands championship defenders.
The Usual Suspect
I like the sound of that. Ashley is clearly our most exciting player. To see him running at a team from all angles would certainly be excxiting to watch. Got to agree about Maloney too. We need to see more of him. He looks a really exciting player - when he gets the chance.
Adam Deuce
Would like to see Maloney given a decent run (",)
DoLpHiNaToR
Three points up at The Stadium Of Light will get us back into a happier frame of mind. Its an important time for the club, in that events on and off the pitch between now and the end of January, will have a very important bearing as to whether we enjoy a relatively succesful season, or once again end the campaign as also rans.
glensider
 

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