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Do Villa Have A New Development Hurdle?

Do Villa Have A New Development Hurdle?

Have we reached a new hurdle in our development?

The way this season has panned out has seen us range between challenging for 4th place to languishing in mid-table. We reached our final home game of the season with the opportunity to move into 5th place and go into the final game of the season with automatic qualification in the UEFA cup in our own hands, but a toothless display once again showed frailty when we were on the brink of achieving something special.

We went into the game against Wigan arguably in the best form of the season, after 3 good wins against weaker teams (including a 5-1 hammering of our fiercest rivals) and a creditable draw away at Everton, so there was nothing to fear before kick-off. Wigan were on a run of 3 draws after they beat our beloved neighbours, so we knew it wouldn't be a walkover, but the performance was in stark contrast to pacey attacking football that we had seen throughout April.

It was almost a replay of the games against Liverpool (A), Blackburn (H) and Fulham (A) when fourth place was in touching distance after a run of good performances, but as the expectation was growing, the speed, movement and sharpness seemed to slip away from us.

Then again, after a great second half mauling of Newcastle, a solid win at Reading and a great performance at Arsenal we lost our way and only claimed 1 more point in the next 4 games, which included home ties against Middlesborough and Sunderland.

After falling to 9th in the table, April was a great month for Villa. The goals were flowing and the team were on a high and once again, we found ourselves on the brink of European qualification, which signals yet another seemingly self-imposed stifling of our attractive style.

Squad quality and depth will always be a factor in a teams success, but we seem to have found a psychological hurdle that also needs to be overcome.

Whether it's the players feeling the weight of expectation and struggling to play their natural game under pressure or being taken a lot more seriously by our opponents, it seems much easier to get yourselves amongst the chasing pack, but a whole new challenge to get to the front of that queue and stay there. Manchester City and Blackburn fans may recognise similar trends.

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Writer:Nimmo
Date:Wednesday May 7 2008
Time: 2:56PM

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Onwards and upwards! Up the Villa!
bazzah
07/05/2008 15:18:00
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Good article Nimmo. We aren't used to winning things like Manu're etc so seem to bottle it. Winning must become the norm whether we need to bring some more experience in over the summer or is it as simple as just getting a decent keeper and starting by not conceding, then building on that......
Villan444
07/05/2008 16:05:00
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if you book them, they will come.
Stig
07/05/2008 16:18:00
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Thumbs up, to get to the next level, we need the players from the next level. Anyone from the top 4 would do, except Kalou of course.
young_jonah
07/05/2008 23:02:00
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A real statement of intent would be nice. Go out and buy all the best players from the clubs around us such as Bentley from Blackburn, Johnson from Man City and Owen from Newcastle.
DeanoVilla
08/05/2008 08:40:00
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Deano, what are you on about? Owen??? Complete waste of space. Too busy hawking pringles and computer games to score 20 a season. And too injury prone. How about Micah Richards as a right back? Now that would be intent!
simonbigron
08/05/2008 13:35:00
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Nimmo, we didn't win against the clubs you mention, particularly Sunderland, Wigan and Fulham, us because we have no PLAN B. I don't think it is anything more complicated than that. The players have no incentive to up their game. EG Against Wigan a big Jose Mourinho style shift was needed to shake things up as it clearly wasn't working. This will come given time and more player options.
simonbigron
08/05/2008 13:39:00
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Good, sensible article Nimmo, some very good points raised. This summers transfer activity will answer a lot of questions.
glensider
09/05/2008 22:37:00
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Deano, thanks for not mentioning Crouch as a 'best player to buy'. I appreciate that.
glensider
09/05/2008 22:39:00
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