The Villa Times - 15/04/2008
Unoial Villa News...
Vital Villa had a rumour in our forum on the 10th April that Gareth Barry was wanted by Liverpool (the rumour went on to suggest we'd be looking at getting John Arne Riise and Peter Crouch as part of the deal). Today The Sun have caught up, not bad lads, just 5 days later. They have an article by Shaun Custis saying that Rafa Benitez is desperate to lure the Villa skipper to Anfield and that they would be prepared to pay £12million for him. Full article: Liverpool In For Barry? Forget It!
Villa reserves go to Fulham tonight knowing a win would clinch the Barclays Premier Reserve League (south) title. Moustapha Salifou and Isaiah Osbourne both look set to feature. No Wayne Routledge so maybe he is pencilled in for the Blues game? VILLA: Bevan, Lund, Lowry, Osbourne, Clark, Baker, Salifou, Albrighton, Williams, Delfouneso, Bannan. Subs: Lichaj, Dau, Weimann, Collins, Forrester.
Craig Gardner has returned to training following his thigh strain injury picked up playing for the England U21's. Martin O'Neill told www.avfc.co.uk: 'He trained yesterday - that was his first day back. He's been desperate to get out there with the rest of the players. It was pleasing to see him out there and he's smiling again. He's got this week now and hopefully if he doesn't have any setbacks he'll get a full week's work in. That's what we're trying to do. He's obviously very keen. There's not a player playing that particularly likes being injured and Craig hates it.'
Martin O'Neill has warned fans not to get carried away over the weekends local derby against Blues saying although last weeks rout was great, 'Birmingham will be a different game.' Adding, in the Birmingham Mail: 'But it is great we're going into the game and we are looking forward to it. It is a big, big game for us. It is a game and I don't know whether it will be a free-flowing game or not. I imagine probably not. Our intentions will be to try to win it.' Good to hear the intention is to win it!!!!! Full article: O'Neill Expects Tight Local Derby
Ha, MON was right, there is a shortage of right-backs! Article in the Telegraph as pointed out to me by Steve Wade: Click Here
Vital Villa have an interview with legendary Villa physio Jim Walker. To add your question go to: Villa Legend Jim Walker Interview
Patrik Berger is looking to put yet another season plagued by injuries behind him and help keep Villa's European dreams alive. The 34-year-old midfielder said: 'It is great to be back and playing again with the first-team in the Premier League. I have missed a large part of this season through injury, but that's life and I can't do anything about it. I am fine now and have been doing my best in training and with the reserves. The reward now is that I am back and part of the team.' Full article and quotes from MON: Berger Looking To End On A High
Stiliyan Petrov has spoken of his delight at the 6-0 scoreline in our last match, and he believes it shows how professional Villa are given Derby's position. Petrov's Delight At Derby Win
Ashley Young is confident that Aston Villa can still qualify for Europe this season after our back to back wins against Bolton and Derby. 'We have never said that we couldn't do it. We went through a bad spell but that is gone now. You can see over the last two games that everybody is playing with confidence.' Young Confident On Europe
Vital Villa is back on top of the mini league table + league standings to our fantasy footie comp: Click Here
Stiliyan Petrov won the man of the match v Derby following 'that' goal with 61% of the vote. He also talks of getting his confidence back. What more could you want, poll results for man of the match, a promise from Petrov AND a link to THAT goal! Click Here
Aston Villa’s 6-0 thrashing of relegated Derby at Pride Park saw four players named in the Team of the Week in The Actim Index, the official player ratings system of the Barclays Premier League. Gabby, Young, Barry and Petrov all feature. Full team: Villa's Fab Four
Thought for the day: I ate a ploughman's lunch today. The ploughman was furious. (the old ones are the best!)