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Laursen: We Weren't Good Enough

Laursen: We Weren't Good Enough

Martin Laursen has admitted our performance against Sunderland simply wasn't good enough.

I'm not sure we need to hear that to be honest, stating the obvious is all well and good but in this case it doesn't really add anything useful.

Anyway, speaking on the official site, Laursen admitted we weren't good enough, had few ideas and basically didn't get started in the game....again.

'I don't think we played well enough to get anything out of the game. It was so frustrating.

'We wanted to do better because we saw the Portsmouth result and realised everything was set up for us. We wanted to do well at home for the fans after the Middlesbrough game but we produced a performance that was just not good enough.

'This is the lowest feeling of the season. It wasn't just the result that has annoyed us but it was also the way we played. We couldn't pass the ball and we didn't have many ideas. We just couldn't get into a rhythm on the day.

'We need to improve against the lower teams here at Villa Park. When we have the ball, we need to produce something better than we did against Sunderland.'

We need to improve against the lower teams fullstop to be honest. Consistency, not playing for only 45 minutes in a match and so on has been a serious problem all season - amazing considering our disappointment currently that we have blown Europe.

If we had improved against the lower teams and took those extra points I would imagine we'd still all be 'over the moon'.

In a curious admission though, Laursen said the team won't train fully together before the Man U match because of international commitments.

'The manager will be very disappointed that his players are not able to put things right on the training field. It must be terrible for him, having to wait to the see the players once they are back from international duty.

'He would want the whole week to prepare for the Manchester United game but we'll only be getting back on Thursday. There won't be many training sessions before the match. The manager will be disappointed with that.'

Exactly how often do we train? We should be training right up to the day before the match given how we are playing.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday March 24 2008
Time: 3:58PM

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I think the most disappointing thing for me is the fact that Everton have slipped up too. We had the opportunity to close the gap and blew it. Can't underestimate the phsycological impact of the Arsenal game. Late goal and two injuries.
24/03/2008 17:12:00
Same with red scouse tarzan, we could or should be still in with a shout for fourth seeing the run in. Dropped 10 points in 4 games and thats the gap.
24/03/2008 17:21:00
Even a couple of high profile loans in January would have shaken it up a bit. The Carson deal has gone smelly on us big time.
24/03/2008 18:21:00
Exactly tarzan. The Everton slip up bothers me the most. I can't get over it.
24/03/2008 19:33:00
The big question Martin is what are the lads going to do to get back on track? That shambles simply wasn't good enough, and even an immediate return to form now, might be just too late to save the season. Sixth spot looks the best we can realistically hope for, but our competitors are in form, we're definitely not.
25/03/2008 02:00:00
yep you didn't deserve anything from this one which villa will show up next week
ozanne park rangers
25/03/2008 04:19:00
Have to agree with Tarzan over the psycological impact of the way the Arsenal game finished. It seems to have knocked them for six.
Adam Deuce
26/03/2008 10:32:00
Its easy though to put that forward as an excuse Adam Deuce, too easy. If we hadn't have fallen asleep at the death then we'd have left The Emirates with all three points. No, the problems run considerably deepy than allowing up a last minute leveller, as disappointing as it was.
27/03/2008 16:55:00
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