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Torn - Short Sharp Shock Needed For Villa?

Torn - Short Sharp Shock Needed For Villa?

Torn, not the song by Natt Inbrulia but the match in the Intertoto Cup.

Aston Villa will undertake European football once again this evening with the emphasis on winning a two-leg tie against Odense BK hardly Inter Milan or Barcelona is it? Part of wants the team to go out and rip BK apart stick 6 goals past them and qualify tonight making the match at Villa Park next week a formality, bit of an Intertoto party but part of me wants the team to struggle.

Don't get me wrong I never ever want to see Villa lose a match I'm just afraid that if we do wallop BK it will send a message out that alls well and the team needs nothing more than a tweak before the start of the season. Personally if going out of the Intertoto and ultimately falling at the first hurdle shocks the club and manager into immediate action I wonder if it may just be worth it.

Currently we do not have a team capable of achieving what we did last season in the Premiership when we were fighting on one front the league, how will qualification for the UEFA Improve our chances of bettering last seasons 6th place or for that matter qualifying for the Champions League, lets face it that's where Aston Villa and the supporters want to be. What a season playing Europe's elite teams even if it's only the group stages and then the UEFA Cup.

I have no doubts the manager and chairman are working hard in the transfer market trying to bring in players its just the urgency that seems to be lacking, after last season competing without a recognised right back for the entire campaign I would have though that position would have been filled by now with two players (one as cover) as a matter of urgency, here we are first meaningful game hours away and nothing.

The game at Lincoln City I know was a friendly; Villa should have been out of sight by halftime but after the break enough said.

Playing a mishmash of what was available to see if anything worked proved the answer was NO. If that never sent a shiver down the managers spine then nothing will, if you have any doubts read Randy_Stands match report. As this season approaches you can stick European football where the sun don't shine if it means in the bigger picture we take a massive step backward, it cant be just me that thinks we are going to have another roller coaster season if things continue as they are.

I look around the other clubs who finished around us and apart from Happy Harry at Pompey no one seems to be setting the transfer market alight but that's little comfort after losing players hand over fist for the last two years whilst only bringing in one recognised midfielder. Just on the keeper front we will be playing tonight with Taylor we have who if he gets injured? I honestly have no idea.

As for the result tonight I have to say I'm torn into wanting Villa to progress into the UEFA and the need for the management of the club to receive a short sharp shock on the field of play. Then I suppose this is what supporting Aston Villa is all about.

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Date:Saturday July 19 2008
Time: 11:07AM


if taylor gets injured i think we have 19 y.o. elliott parish as back up. Not ideal situation for his debut. c'mon taylor give our defense an ear bashing if they start to loose it
19/07/2008 11:18:00
Your not a blues fan trying to infultrate the mighty villa are you?
Mister Mick
19/07/2008 11:28:00
col8 a blues fan lol...I always suspected that Col.
19/07/2008 11:29:00
I want to see proof that Col8 has'nt been kidnapped. Maybe not by the other side, maybe it's the spuds who have got him. Don't give in Col8. Never give in!
Mister Mick
19/07/2008 11:41:00
I can see his point, but it would be far too costly to have a short sharp shock tonight. Hopefully, they got that at Lincoln. If we go out of the Intertoto next week, attracting decent players will be boardering impossible and we're back to square one AND all of last season will have been for nothing AND I can't bear to listen to Spurs and Liverpool fans laughing at us. Come on you Villa boys!!
19/07/2008 11:44:00
Exactley that Villan-in-Cyprus.
Mister Mick
19/07/2008 11:46:00
You bluenose sausage you Col! No, something has to happen to shake O'Neill out of this seemingly lethargic attitude towards new signings. Already, with a mere five weeks to go before big kick-off day in the premiership, it looks like yet another case of same old, same old. We dont have a defence worthy of the name, we dont....well I could go on and on, we all know where we're short and in need of quality. The same old excuses will no doubt be rolled out come September 1st, the players weren't available, we'll try and do something in January etc etc. I find it unbelievable that here we are, about to begin our first competitive game of the new campaign, yet we find ourselves so unprepared in terms of numbers/quality. Its inexcusable. I find myself telling people that I'll be happy with a draw tonight. Happy with a draw? We should be capable of rolling this lot over without breaking sweat. We should be, but I dont think we are.
19/07/2008 11:47:00
European football is also vital for current players development let alone attracting prospective players.
19/07/2008 11:49:00
I agree with col8 something must be done to give a sense of urgency to our transfer dealings. The team is nowwhere near as strong as last season and it is stupid and irresponsible to expect the current team to perform well both in the Uefa cup a dn the league without serious additions to the side. By my reckoning we are light two GK's - hoping the two Brad's will fill those vacancies; two RB's - none in sight; at least one CB - Anton Fergy would do; one LB - to challenge for a place; two MF's - one a winger; and a good striker. By my reckoning that is nine new faces by season kickoff. I would not put a penny of anyone elses money on it happening let alone my own. I really think MON is a great manager but he does seem very weak in the tranfers zone. I do hope I am wrong in my assessments.
19/07/2008 11:54:00
F***ing Glensider said what I was thinking in far few words, I will be less verbose innfuture, Mister Mick I will allow you the bluenose comment, needless to say "I wash, shave, never lived in a caravan or wittled pegs for a living" I just think we are not ready to take the next step with the team that will take the park tonight against who ever it is.... B.K. or KFC for that matter.
19/07/2008 11:56:00
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