UK time is: 22:37:28
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

O'Neill In Praise Of Villa Fans

It was very refreshing to hear Martin O'Neill speak on Saturday afternoon about the faithful Villa fans who have shown up in record numbers this year to cheer on the mighty Claret and Blue.

In an interview with Tom Ross he said Villa fans had been fantastic this season and that it means a great deal to the players to hear the noise of the claret and blue army.

He also pointed out that although some of our performances have seen real highs this season there have been some he said were less than average to say the least. He went on to compliment the fact that despite some poor showings the fans still turned up in numbers the following week mentioning the games v Middlesbrough and Sunderland in particular.

Now Villa seem to have got over their wobble, which unfortunately has probably/possibly/definitely cost us the chance of 4th or 5th (I've covered my bases for opti's, pessi's and realists with the options there, delete as appropriate!), Villa seem to have regained their confidence and momentum and could well end the season in storming fashion. With just the blues, Everton, Wigan and West Ham to play, who knows we might be treated to a series of wins to end the season well and set us up for a good summer of spending.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 14 2008

Time: 8:00AM

Your Comments

Surely a good series of results at the end of the season could actually back-fire in the long run. If we are doing well it might discourage MON from bringing in some players he might otherwise see as essential. As we all know, MON is not exactly free with the cheque-book so if a loss or two means a decent squad for next season I'll accept that. Better than qualifying for Europe with a thread-bare squad and doing an Ipswich due to lack of depth and quality.
Villain Of The North
I would like to point out that although I agree with VOTN on most things we are in fact different people! At times MON seems happy with the players he has and a short sharp shock may do the trick , signings wise. Obviously we all want 5th or 6th but it may well come back to bite us big time midway through next season , unless the stubborn one gets his finger out in th transfer market!
Villan57
No, I honestly think he now knows exactly what is needed and he has seen the same games as us this year, some of the performances have been very lack lustre and he hasn't had the personnel to change it when the chips were down. He can't risk another season like he risked this one, especially if we do get Europe, if he did push us into next season with a threadbare squad the questions against would be far harsher and I think there is no way we'd have the same luck with so few injuries (was it luck or good fitness conditioning or both!?) Remember the major problem DOL and GT had was a small squad (same as now) AND major injury problems leaving the real bare bones available for selection.
The Fear
Agree Fear - I thikn he'll get his act together this window, although how successful we are in attracting the 'Next Level' of talent in my opinion will be entirely dependent on whether we qualify for Europe or not. Very slim chance of us pipping Everton for the automatic 5th spot, but more realistically our focus has to be staying ahead of ManCity and plumping for Inter-Toto....
YatesyVillain
Must say that the away support this season has been the best I've known it in years, both numbers wise, and for vocal encouragement. Thanks to MON for acknowledging the fact.
glensider
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Vital Villa Man Of Match v Southampton (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Sylla - Not As Dramatic As He Sounds (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Robinson Looking For More (Monday April 21 2014)

Dear Randy...A Fans Retort (Sunday April 20 2014)

Club Statement From Randy Lerner (Sunday April 20 2014)

Vlaar - We Still Need A Win (Saturday April 19 2014)

Lambert Hails Huge Southampton Point (Saturday April 19 2014)

U21 Manchester City Clash Set (Saturday April 19 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Pride of Lions 1077
2. The Fear 1001
3. ClivetheVillan 551
4. Villan57 293
5. Villan Of The North 269
6. Barney2004 260
7. sirdennis 226
8. BlackCountry Villa 225
9. kefkat 213
10. tarzan 201

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. West Ham 35 10 7 18 -10 37
13. Swansea 35 9 9 17 -4 36
14. Hull City 34 10 6 18 -9 36
15. Aston Villa 34 9 8 17 -14 35
16. WBA 34 6 15 13 -13 33
17. Norwich 35 8 8 19 -28 32
18. Cardiff 35 7 9 19 -34 30

Breaking League News

Will Swansea City Take Risk And Appoint Monk?
Swansea : 23/04/2014 21:48:00
Have Your Say In The Vital Swansea Message Forum
Swansea : 23/04/2014 21:35:00
Liverpool: Reds To Spend Big In Summer
Liverpool : 23/04/2014 19:40:00
FA To Get Their Pound of Flesh
Chelsea : 23/04/2014 19:07:00
Chelsea : 23/04/2014 16:40:00
Boss Urges Fans To Fill the Stadium of Light
Sunderland : 23/04/2014 15:27:00
Borini Picks Up Young Player Gong
Sunderland : 23/04/2014 15:02:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Villa v Swansea (away) will:
Suggested By:  Mystic Mug
Win - safety at last 22%
Lose - we go again 52%
Draw 26%