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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.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday April 14 2008
Time: 8:00AM


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
13/04/2008 10:53:00
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!
13/04/2008 11:49:00
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
14/04/2008 08:32:00
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....
14/04/2008 10:50:00
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.
15/04/2008 02:10:00
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