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Villa Are Back - WOW Villa Are Back

Villa Are Back - WOW Villa Are Back

Villa are back, wow, Villa are back

I had a feeling before Christmas that we could win all the holiday fixtures, even at Chelsea, and whilst I was very disappointed in the Man City game, as I thought better use of tactics may have got the required result, the team still showed enough to have won the game.

Against Chelsea I listened to Collymore in his own in fight with the biased BBC commentators and a Villa side in supremacy at one of the top clubs in the UK.In the end we drew 4-4 against 11, then 10, then 9 men, an awful ref and a home crowd, but we won.

In fact we won more than just the match, we won over the media, as anyone scanning the papers today will see, we won over the TV as anyone watching the and listening to any sports report will see. Aston Villa are back and how. Credit has to go to O'Neill for the way he has built in a resilience that even when its suffered a bad penalty and sending off decision, two bad defensive errors to go from 2-0 up to 3-2, it still finds it within itself to come back, only to be knocked back again.

Then when luck did favour us, after one of the best dives I've seen out of a swimming pool, one of the worst tackles ever on a football pitch, and an awful sending off decision had suggested maybe the rub of the green wasn't ours, we gained that vital 4th goal.

4 goals at Chelsea, and morally their first defeat in 70 odd games what an achievement.

OK we were far from perfect, there is still plenty needing putting right but Aston Villa are back. That little insignificant club, run by an idiot whose only claim to fame was the way he gave us defeat from the face of victory, has gone, what we have now is a team everyone will be looking out for, a team in need of some surgery yes, but a team who everyone now knows can give anyone a game. Some players need to believe it more, but O'Neill has certainly built a desire to fight to the death when needed.

There are plenty of areas still needing improvement, but as Barry showed when he stepped up to take that penalty, the belief is there, the ability in some, is there, everyone of those players deserved no less than a 9. Not because they were all great they weren't, but because they were part of a famous Villa battle, and as any long term fan knows Villa teams don't need to win the game to win the match. We've been known to lose Cup finals and win, ask Spurs, we've been known to lose great matches and win, ask Utd, ask Arsenal.

Saturday was one such time, Aston Villa are back, what more can you ask? OK a win against Wigan.



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Writer:avfc48
Date:Thursday December 27 2007
Time: 4:28PM

Comments

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Way over the top there. Villa are a good team and have a very good manager. But lets see where you finish in the league come end of the season. Chelski without Mourihno are 30% weaker IMO, so to draw there is a good achievement but not that good. But if you Villa boys didn't get a result against the Chavs would you be writing a article like this?
Real Deal
27/12/2007 16:40:00
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Didnt we beat Chelsea when Mourinho was manager?
son_of_cher
27/12/2007 17:09:00
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Certainly did win over the media. Any manager that can say two players dived when they didn't and a ref biased by giving a blatant free-kick, then watch 7 of his players surround the ref and not get slagged off for it has to have the media wrapped round his little finger!
Squiddy
27/12/2007 17:14:00
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How was this a moral victory - the replays have shown the villa penalty - to be the most dubious decision. A great point and a good performance - but once again we were 2-0 up and couldn't defend - once against Scott Carson was beaten from distance (twice). Pleased with point and think the decisions evened themselves out over the game - Still can't see what decision MON is so upset about
graydon
27/12/2007 17:55:00
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have to agree graydon, can't see why MON was so riled by the pen, it was a pen and the ref was in a good position to see it. Zat was clumsy and was the last defender.
The Fear
27/12/2007 18:11:00
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it will count for nothing unless we go up to wigan and get the three points but if we play like we did in the 1st half then we should coast past wigan and spurs and maybe even cause an upset in the fa cup.
villabikes29
27/12/2007 18:24:00
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Personally thought the pen was a poor decision. As with Man Ure, all the big teams get the results. And if they don't win through 11 men of superior skill and ability they hassle the ref and get what they want that way. We ain't the end product by a long shot but as many have said we battled and never gave up – fans can't ask for anything more. I just hope we employ the same tactics as this at our next and for the rest of our home games, instead of playing it safe.
spit-fire
27/12/2007 18:45:00
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Real Deal if you have ever read one or any of avfc48's posts you would understand why its a good article from 48 and not over the top mate. Seems that you've had a good Crimbles 48 so carry on with the spreading of joy and good will. Nice one 48
Mutt_Man
27/12/2007 19:01:00
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We still have a long way to go before we are back as you say, ie improving our pass percentage and sign a right back creative midfielder and top striker.
chris the villan
27/12/2007 19:24:00
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48, someone is writing a possitive post under the guise of your name. I dont want to be around when he finds out!
morky13villa
27/12/2007 19:25:00
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