Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday April 1 2008
Martin O'Neill has admitted the weekends clash against struggling Bolton Wanderers is a must win game.
Villa have lost three in a row v Sunderland, Portsmouth and Manchester United and the Villa boss says we've got to put that right this weekend to stand a chance of European football.
He told avfc.co.uk: 'Though we lost at Manchester United, results for the most part went our way at the weekend, so we still have plenty to play for. We've got six games to go and we need to get back to winning ways - starting this weekend. I wouldn't even start to talk about the Derby game. We have got a massive game against Bolton - an absolutely massive game. We have to win. It is as simple as that. We have to find a way to win the game, and it doesn't matter how.'
Meanwhile Stiliyan Petrov says there will be no favours shown towards former Villans Gary Cahill, Jlloyd Samuel and Gavin McCann who return to Villa Park for the first time since joining the Trotters.
He says that Cahill has been 'a rock' for them adding, 'I notice he even captained the team in the UEFA Cup. That was a great honour for him and it shows how much they think of him. Gary never let Villa down when he was here and he only moved on because he wanted regular first-team football.'
He also says that Jlloyd has been plagued with injuries stopping him make the sort of impact he can 'but he's a quality full-back and I know he's one to watch going forwards.'
And on the former Mr Ronseal (did exactly what it said on the tin) he added: 'Gav was hugely popular here with the players and fans alike. When we played at the Reebok earlier this season several of us went out for a meal afterwards to celebrate the birth of his daughter. It was great to catch up with him then and I'm sure there will be some banter on and off the pitch next Saturday. One thing's for sure - it will be another tough game and we've found to our cost how difficult it can be to play struggling opposition.'
3 points on Saturday then two local derbies in a row, first Derby away and then Blues at home. Tasty month!
Date:Tuesday April 1 2008
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