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Barry Sees Only Positives

Barry has also promised fans that the players will bounce back against Reading after the Cup disappointment.

Speaking on the official site, our Captain said:

'I am sure we won't let the defeat get to us.

'We are not unhappy with the way we are playing. We stopped the best team in the country from creating chances.

'We will bounce back against Reading. Our confidence will be high.'

I'm not sure how many fans will see it the same as Barry, but it did take a mistake and a moment of madness for us to lose our grip on the game. Afterall, it's not like we went out the Cup against a lowly Huddlesfield is it.

The Captain thinks that we were comfortable for long periods of the match, epitomised by Siralex having to bring on Rooney is an effort to save some blushes.

'It was a game of not many chances and that is probably as comfortable as we have been against them for a few years, but that is the way the game is.

'We made a little mistake at the end and they capitalised.

'We knew that we didn't create much, and that is disappointing, but we tried to stop them playing and they didn't create anything either - until the two goals.

'We knew once Rooney came on we had to start concentrating again. He made a difference. He played in the hole and created a lot of space. He made one and scored one. Rooney is a big player for any team.'

It's not a bad summation of the game, but unfortunately for us they scored the same number that we created. For any side that needs to be addressed regardless of who the opposition is.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 7 2008

Time: 3:40PM

Your Comments

"We knew that we didn't create much, and that is disappointing, but we tried to stop them playing and they didn't create anything either - until the two goals." yes but we were the home side Gareth, were we expecting to go to Old Trafford and win?
avfc48
If you try and make an open game against Man U, any team in the premiership would get slaughtered the way Giggs, Ronaldo, Saha, Evra break away. These guys are one of the best teams in the world - The only way to play these guys is to work hard, get behind the ball and beat them from set pieces. If the game had been played openly like you are suggesting then with Man U quality in attack/Midfield/Full Backs, the score would have been about 7-1 to them. People seem to forget that Man U are in the top 4 club teams in the WORLD. We matched them for 80 minutes, made it hard as we should do, and played the only way that we are going to beat ManU at this present time.
KSarge1
We matched them for 80 minutes and then a superior class of player made the difference. That is what we are missing at Villa and a player(s) like that will have us in the top 6 to stay. In a game of few opprtunities that extra level of skill can make a chance where none previously existed and win the match. Man.U (Arsenal, Liverplop etc) have such players, we don't (yet), end of story.
gwyllum18
It was all about Rooney and Ronaldo 40m worth of players.
tarzan
40Mil? more like 70 Mil with todays prices.
KSarge1
We'll be back in business this weekend, rest assured of that. We have a lot to still play for, not least a top six placing and competitive european club football next season. O.K., disappointing to make early exits out of both domestic cup competitions, particularly as both were at our headquarters, but finish top six and we'll still be able to look back on the season as one of progress, development, and achievement. Twenty years of decline was never going to be eradicated overnight.
glensider
 

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