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How Far The Villa Have Come

Today we got the same result at the Emirates as we got 18 months ago in Martin O'Neills first game in charge.

The result was the same, but the mentality going towards the game, the expectation and the performance were much different, but I'm stating the obvious.

The result in the end was harsh on us, we were robbed really.

But 18 months ago we went into the game praying for anything...we probably would have taken a narrow defeat..after all we had gone to Highbury 4 months before that and been brushed aside 5-0. So a draw back then was a very good result on the back of a very resilient performance.

I say resilient, because that's what it was....in that game we never really carried any threat from open play, Arsenal were pretty comfortable and it was really just a matter of them breaking us down, something we made hard for them with alot of hard work. We didn't have any guile or creativeness going forward, no power to push ourselves through them either.

This time however we went into the game EXPECTING something and we gave them a proper game...really we could have hammered them, on another day we might have done..Maloney, Young and Harewood all went very close, we ran what has been the best side in the country this season right to the wire...literally...and we did it whilst taking casualties to important players.

And the fact that after the game we are all pretty much devastated to loose this game shows how far we've come and what a job MON has done so far.

I can't wait for the remaining last 10 games of the season. There are some tough games, but if we show the same kind of mentality, determination and genuine ability we showed today, we will be more than a match for anyone.




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Writer: adamavfc Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 2 2008

Time: 9:26AM

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As a matter of interest, after 19 games I calculated what we'd likely to get at season's end. I came out with 67 points. According to my detailed prediction, we're actually 1 point ahead of that schedule as things stand - I didn't expect Villa to get a point yesterday! Some fan is me!
the_lergy
Adam great artical and spot on, reseilient is exactly what Villa are these days.
col8
Without a doubt we are progressing. I consider us to be back to the level we were under Gregory (under O'dreary we were a soft touch). Nobody fancies playing Villa - we will fight for everything and we have got some quality players. The irony of this season is that we have played with no right side. Just think how good we can be with a top notch right back and right winger. Add a 20 goal a season striker and we could be immense. The final ingredient is to get the Clattenburgs off this world on our side - that is the hard part!
jonisrude
Good, positive, factual article adamavfc, Clearly written from the heart. Enjoyable, uplifting read.
glensider
Cheers, was a pleasure to write it! lol
adamavfc
Adam.... good article. Great to hear such optimism after such a long time.BTW lose has one "o" not two :-))
Beovilla
It'll be interesting to re-read and evaluate this excellent piece two or three months into the 2008-09 campaign, just to see how much further the club has progressed from the time this article was originally penned.
glensider
 

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