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.

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


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'.
14/03/2008 07:10:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment


Recent Aston Villa Articles

Ayew On Confidence

Watford goal scorer Jordan Ayew has said that confidence is key for the side if we are to turn around our form and get ourselves out of the relegation zone this season.

Youth Cup v Everton Set

This year's Youth Cup for Villa youngsters begins with a tie against Everton at Goodison Park.

Not 'The Villa Times' News 1/12/15

December 1st, a new month, and things around Villa are as icey as the weather.

U21s - Villa 2-2 Blackburn - Update

Gordon Cowans' Under 21 side played out a two all draw in last night's fixture but hark...their is mention of Libor Kozak!

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

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

Current Poll (see more polls)

Watford MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Traore17%
Sub - Gestede0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 14 9 2 3 29 16
2 Leicester City 14 8 5 1 29 8
3 Man Utd 14 8 4 2 28 10
4 Arsenal 14 8 3 3 27 12
5 Spurs 14 6 7 1 25 13
6 Liverpool 14 6 5 3 23 3
7 Crystal Palace 14 7 1 6 22 5
8 West Ham 14 6 4 4 22 4
9 Everton 14 5 6 3 21 8
10 Southampton 14 5 5 4 20 3
11 Watford 14 5 4 5 19 -1
12 Stoke 14 5 4 5 19 -3
13 WBA 14 5 3 6 18 -5
14 Chelsea 14 4 3 7 15 -6
15 Swansea 14 3 5 6 14 -5
16 Norwich 14 3 4 7 13 -8
17 Sunderland 14 3 3 8 12 -10
18 AFC Bournemouth 14 2 4 8 10 -13
19 Newcastle 14 2 4 8 10 -16
20 Aston Villa 14 1 2 11 5 -15
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Hamilton questions Mercedes tyre strategy
Latest Vital Boxing News
AUDIO: Fury: Fame and glory won't change me
Write for Vital Football

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Dec 5 2015 3:00PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 13 2015 1:30PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 19 2015 5:30PM : Newcastle United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 26 2015 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 28 2015 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 2 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Pride of Lions39
4.The Fear15
The Vital Football Members League