Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Villa Need Consistency

Villa Need Consistency

Mellberg will be making his 250th appearance in claret and blue since joining in July 2001.

He missed the third round tie last season through suspension, so he is relishing the opportunity to put over our Cup bogey team in what may be his last season at the club.

But he knows unless Villa can find some consistency and actually play in both halves of the game, we don't stand a chance against the inform Mancs.

Speaking on the IC Brum website, he said:

'We've really struggled against Manchester United in the past, especially in the FA Cup.

'This is the third time I've played them in the third round and we've been beaten every time. Hopefully we can do better this year.

'We seem to get these tough draws, but we're in good form now and hopefully we can get something out of it.

'We gave them a fright and went ahead in a really good 20-30-minute spell, but then had a really bad 10-15 minutes.

'You must be consistent against these teams and you need to play well over 90 minutes and hopefully we can do that tomorrow.

'We know we can do it because we have done it against top teams such as Chelsea and Arsenal this season.

'But United are so good. If you drop too deep, they will punish you so you can't afford any lapses.

'Maybe within the game you have to raise your lowest level a bit and then try to punish them when you have your good spells.'

One thing is for sure, our defence will need to be at their best, regardless of any injury concerns United may have.

In other news, Martin O'Neill has said that John Carew will be given as long as possible to recover but at the moment it's still touch and go as to whether he will make the match.

There are however no other injury concerns for us as we head into what will no doubt be an interesting, and entertaining game.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Friday January 4 2008
Time: 6:45PM


We certainly cant afford the defensive blunders, or the sendings off, that played such an important part in bringing about the premiership defeat earlier this season, nor any major goalkeeping blunders a la Gabor Kiraly at O.T. last January.
04/01/2008 19:53:00
Villa need someone to get up the arse of Winker Ronaldo and stay there for 90+ minutes. Hi tempo all the way batter the reds from the off.
05/01/2008 05:43:00
"'We've really struggled against Manchester United in the past, especially in the FA Cup. 'This is the third time I've played them in the third round and we've been beaten every time. Hopefully we can do better this year." ....Keeping me fingers crossed for you lot.
Blue is the colour
05/01/2008 18:57:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Match Day Officials v Birmingham (30/10/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Birmingham City this Sunday.

Neilson Not A Willing Souttar

Heart of Midlothian boss Robbie Neilson has issued a hands off warning to Aston Villa following speculation that we are preparing an offer for defender John Souttar.

Fans Held Back This Sunday

West Midlands Police have released a statement ahead of this Sunday's derby clash against Birmingham City and confirmed that travelling Villans will be held in...

Gardner Relishing Blues Clash

Midfielder Gary Gardner has also been wheeled out ahead of this weekend's derby against Birmingham City given his long association with the club.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Mike Field
Editor email
Steve Wade
no email
no email
Turkish Penguin
no email
no email
Chris Heath
no email
M Calucar
no email
JuanPablo Angel
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Will Villa get promoted?
Suggested By: J P Fear
Yes, automatically26%
Yes, through play offs40%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 14 10 1 3 31 19
2 Brighton 14 8 4 2 28 9
3 Huddersfield 14 9 1 4 28 4
4 Norwich 14 8 3 3 27 7
5 Sheff Wed 14 7 3 4 24 1
6 Bristol City 14 7 2 5 23 6
7 Birmingham 14 6 5 3 23 3
8 Reading 14 6 4 4 22 -3
9 Preston 14 6 2 6 20 1
10 Leeds Utd 14 6 2 6 20 -1
11 Brentford 14 5 4 5 19 5
12 Barnsley 14 6 1 7 19 3
13 Q.P.R. 14 5 4 5 19 -3
14 Fulham 14 4 6 4 18 -2
15 Burton 14 4 5 5 17 0
16 Aston Villa 14 3 8 3 17 0
17 Ipswich 14 4 5 5 17 -2
18 Wolves 14 4 4 6 16 -1
19 Forest 14 4 3 7 15 -3
20 Cardiff 14 4 3 7 15 -9
21 Derby County 14 3 5 6 14 -4
22 Blackburn 14 3 3 8 12 -8
23 Wigan 14 2 5 7 11 -3
24 Rotherham 14 1 3 10 6 -19
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Who will win in Mexico?
Latest Vital Boxing News
Eggington Stops Gavin in Eight Rounds
Vital Football Comment

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Oct 30 2016 12:00PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 18 2016 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 3 2016 5:30PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

1.The Fear571
9.Stephen Jay Hawkings152
Write for Vital Football