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Villa Youth Can Hold Heads High

Villa Youth Can Hold Heads High

Well done to the Villa Youth!

Went to the highly entertaining semi final between Villa and Chelsea and although we ended up on the wrong side of a 3-2 score I thought the lads did us proud.

I thought Harry Forrester was very bright for Villa and bagged a brace, our number 8 was also very lively. It was also easy to see why Delfouneso is being tipped to push his way into the full squad although I'm going to have to call him the Fonz as I have no idea how to pronounce his name properly!

There were a few bright sparks in the team and although they'll be gutted to go out, especially to a team who echoed many Premiership teams with histrionics and diving - not taking away from a few very good players, their number 11 stood out - they can still be proud of their performance and hold their heads up, they let not one of the 10 000 strong crowd tonight and I'm sure we'll see far more of a few of them. If not for the odd slice of luck, the result could have gone our way just as easily.

Villa official site report: Click Here

Chelsea official site report: Click Here

VILLA: Parish, Bradley (booked 40), Baker, Roome (sent-off 90), Clark, Hofbauer, Albrightobn, Bannan, Delfouneso, Collins, Forrester. Subs: Clancy, Dau, Weimann (for Collins 74), Grocott, Flanagan.

Chelsea: Taylor, Twumasi, Bruma booked 84), Mellis, Van Aanholt, Woods, Stoch, Sawyer (sent-off 80), Nielsen, Rodriguez, Kakuta. Subs: Phillip (for Woods 68), Heimann, Taiwo )for Neilsen 81), Nouble, Gordon (for Mellis 48).

Tony McAndrew said after the game on the official site: 'I think the lads did the whole club proud. They've been fantastic all season and I'm bitterly disappointed for them. The second-half performance was really encouraging. We said at half-time that we didn't want to go out with a whimper. We didn't do that. We played some great stuff and I think we were unlucky to go down 3-2.' Adding, 'Losing is a part of football you have to come to terms with. It's a terrible feeling when you lose games - we need to remember that and make sure we don't feel that way too often. The winning feeling is what it's all about. But as we say all the time, this is about learning. It's a learning curve for our young players. I think the crowd saw just how much this meant to the players.'

Oh and a quick note to the classless idiots in the Chelsea team who took their tops off and whirled them around in front of the Holte End. Carry on doing that lads and you'll get nowhere in football. Maybe it is indicative of the creeping lack of respect in the modern game but in days gone by their own managers would have given them almight rollickings in the dressing room. Still, the way they've been assembled and poached and bought shows a total lack of class anyway, so why should we be surprised. Respect is a word a good few of them would do well to learn the meaning of.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday March 19 2008
Time: 10:01PM


J - Is that a whiff of sour grapes in the air? Also, our ADMIN isn't working properly, we can't police our comments - have a look and you'll see what I mean - we get one comment with an error code and that's it! Also, his name is KAKUTA - remember it, he's a star in the making!
19/03/2008 22:22:00
Hey up, well done lads, was a great night out in the Holte end marred only by those two Chelsea clowns dancing in front of the Holte and the rather obscene gesture that the Chelsea keeper made to the Holte after the final whistle which may have gone unnoticed to some but not to us behind the goal... although to be fair some of the kids behind the goal were goading him pretty bad. Still, beating the mighty lions should have been enough for the lad... Did anyone see all the Villa kids rush to the tunnel? Was not a pretty end... Forrester looked awesome. First team next year?
20/03/2008 02:04:00
go back to your hole merlin. ur admins are balls compared to ours and Fear is nominated for an award :D
20/03/2008 02:33:00
chaps - you'll get over it - Forrester looked good but should have scored more!
20/03/2008 06:40:00
The late goal conceded at The Bridge was our undoing. A fine run by our youngsters, and playing in front of 10,000 plus will have done them no harm at all. Still a lot to play for this season, and overall they've done the club proud.
20/03/2008 07:44:00
Merlin were you at the game?
20/03/2008 07:46:00
Forrester did look a class above. Comfortable on the ball, strong in possession with skill and a great finish. The Chelsea kids sportsmanship was terrible - it obviously goes all the way through the club. How many times did their kids go down in an attempt to get cards shown? And yet miraculously recover 60 seconds later when the flow of the game had slowed. What do you expect from a club that endorses the bullying of referrees?
The Usual Suspect
20/03/2008 07:53:00
Maybe there still feeling the hurt of when we beat them earlier in the season and took points off them at there place.
20/03/2008 08:32:00
Great game. I thought Chelsea passed the ball better than us, but we created more chances with our direct approach. The French winger and the Spaniard centre forwrad were excellent for the visitors. For Villa, Harry Forrester looked sheer class, and Delfonseau must have won every header as well as being very strong and quick on the ground. Barry Bannan looks very skilful, but a tad on the small side. Whichever side lost were going to be unfortunate, but had we won I hope our youngsters would have conducted themselves with a lot more dignity than Chelsea. Merlin, you usually write very sensible comments, but honestly, the behaviour of some of your players after the final whistle was not anything to be proud of. Their football was, but not their behaviour.
20/03/2008 10:29:00
well i think they were nervous. damn ill ***** my pants if 10 000 people watches my every move. this is very very good exposure for our Villa youth, they will take this experience and learn from it!
20/03/2008 11:59:00
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