Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

MON Still Aiming For Europe

MON Still Aiming For Europe

Martin O'Neill has said he hasn't given up hope of Villa gaining an automatic place to Europe this season.

Villa are currently 8 points behind the Blue and Red Scousers after their weekend matches but there are enough games left for us to catch up, and for them to slip up.

Speaking on the official site, it is clear that MON still sees the automatic places as an option and he isn't prepared for the club to even consider their chance this season is over.

'I've often said and it is worth repeating that I think Liverpool are very strong favourites. They have the strongest squad and I know they're still involved in the Champions League, but they have the squad to cope and I think that's been proved.

'Even David Moyes has acknowledged it. But everything is worth chasing. You might finish sixth this season and not qualify for Europe.

'And we're still in a position where we could finish anywhere between fourth and ninth or 10th. We're eight points off fifth place and that probably puts things into perspective. But I don't think you can worry yourselves too much.'

I think O'Neill's point mainly is for the squad to keep their bottle and belief more than anything. We've had too many hiccups this season, long before Fulham which remains in peoples minds, and maybe that will cost us in the end.

That can be excused possibly this early as league wise we have achieved far more than many believed posssible. What can't be excused really is a case of the jitters now and instead of chasing other teams to the wire, we bottle it and ruin our own chances.

'We have to try to win some of these matches. And that's what we're going out to do. The very fact the game was changed from Saturday to Wednesday, is out of our hands. All we can do is just go and try and win.

'If we're playing catch-up, we're playing catch-up. We'll have had a 10-day break since the Arsenal game, so we should be going into the game pretty fresh.

'Overall I've been very pleased with the squad, considering the amount of work they've put in - hence giving them those days off because it will be pretty hectic between now and the end of the season. But would I change things? It's always very possible.

'I think we've got work to do to stay in contention. Everton and Liverpool have gone eight points clear of us. We have only got a couple of points and one game respite on the sides behind us - but there's plenty to go for now.

'We've levelled up home and away matches for a start and have now got five home and five away matches. We have plenty to play for.'

Even if Europe is now out and the Scouser(s) don't slip up he is right their is plenty to play for. The highest league position possible for a start. Not only will that bring a nice financial reward into the club, it will improve our standing within the game further and after the seasons we've had previously I don't know a single fan who wouldn't be overjoyed with a 6/7th place finish considering the season many thought we would have.



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

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday March 10 2008
Time: 2:57PM

Comments

0
We've got it all to do, no doubt about that, and cant afford too many slip ups along the way. Got to turn these draws into wins, with no more repeats of the Craven Cottage 'affair'.
glensider
14/03/2008 07:10:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Match Day Officials v Liverpool

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Liverpool this weekend.

The Aston Villa Walking Wounded - Injury Table

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Aston Villa and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Bunn - The Fans Spurred Us On

Goalkeeper and now No 1 Mark Bunn has said he feels the turning point in Villa's season was seeing the fans frustration up front and close in the FA Cup game against...

Cissokho Talks Liverpool & Okore

Aly Cissokho is the latest player interviewed, and quite fitting given his first English experience in a loan spell with Liverpool a few years back.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Profile
Mike Field
Profile
Steve Wade
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
Profile
Turkish Penguin
Profile
Glensider
Profile
Chris Heath
Profile
M Calucar
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Norwich MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Bunn5%
Richards1%
Okore11%
Lescott8%
Cissokho0%
Bacuna0%
Gana32%
Westwood1%
Gil7%
Agbonlahor26%
Veretout8%
Sub - Clark1%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 25 11 8 6 41 10
6 West Ham 25 10 9 6 39 9
7 Southampton 25 10 7 8 37 9
8 Everton 25 8 11 6 35 12
9 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
10 Watford 25 9 6 10 33 0
11 Stoke 25 9 6 10 33 -7
12 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 32 -4
13 Chelsea 25 7 9 9 30 -2
14 WBA 25 7 8 10 29 -9
15 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 28 -12
16 Swansea 25 6 9 10 27 -9
17 Newcastle 25 6 6 13 24 -18
18 Norwich 25 6 5 14 23 -20
19 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 20 -19
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Toro Rosso could beat Red Bull in 2016
Latest Vital Boxing News
Mitchell Announces Retirement
Write for Vital Football

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Feb 14 2016 2:05PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Manchester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 19 2016 5:30PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pride of Lions523
2.The Fear301
3.ClivetheVillan268
4.Fulford251
5.sirdennis177
6.JuanPabloAngel174
7.revdpete165
8.DeanoVilla147
9.Wurzel113
10.He'sBiggerThanMe&You91
The Vital Football Members League