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Villa Fans - Lay Off Our Own Players

Villa Fans - Lay Off Our Own Players

Lay off our own players.

We have been blessed in recent seasons of having many players who have supported the club as a fan and then had the drive and determination and ability to become a Villa player. If it were to happen
to you or I, it would be the stuff of dreams. However over recent months many fans (not all, but a considerable number) having been having a go at Zat Knight. The normal stuff, he is not fit to wear the shirt, he should bugger off to a.n.other club etc.

How about Villa fans stopping this stupid abuse? In my eyes only those not intelligent enough for reasonable debate would stoop as low as to ridicule one of our own. Knight didn't buy himself for the Villa. He doesn't put himself on the team sheet. He doesn't decide if he stays or joins another club.

What he does do is have obvious pride in playing for the shirt. If only the same could be said of some others we could name. He is not the best in most peoples eyes. He lacks the concentration and passing ability to be a real top quality centre half in my opinion. But he never lacks effort. As long as he does his best, it is irrelevant if it is good enough. That is the decision for the manager. If Knight plays and you are not happy then abuse Martin O'Neill not Knight.

How would you feel if you were picked and gave 110% only to be abused by the fans you once stood with. It certainly wouldn't make you a better player and most likely it would destroy your confidence and make you play worse. If we actually gave extra encouragement to him, it wouldn't make him a world beater, but it would improve his game in only a way that being confident can do.

We need strength in depth and Knight is good enough to play every week for some teams in the Premier League. He is more than adequate to be an important member of our squad, if not first choice. Let the boo boys hide back under the rocks from which they came. I for one will support and encourage any player wearing our shirt that gives 100%, whether they are good enough or not.

We still have a minority of fans who have no idea how to support a club and think that abusing something they are not happy with is the solution. It is long overdue for the silent majority to make their voices heard when this ridiculous abuse happens, whether that be at the game or online.


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Date:Tuesday August 12 2008
Time: 3:19PM

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Here, Here. Totally agree.
12/08/2008 15:33:00
great article, i wish everyone had the same common sense to support the shirt
12/08/2008 15:36:00
I agree and what most people forget is although Curtis Davis is also a great defender, he has yet to play a match where we have kept a clean sheet. Zat was CB through some great games last season and his attitude is great. Has my support all the way. Nice article.
12/08/2008 15:36:00
Agree whole heartedly VOTH. The opta stats speak for themselves as showing Zat to be a far better and efficient defender than his critics realise. The negativity that some villains come out with is incredible really. It makes you soften to what DOL said about our fickle fans.
12/08/2008 15:44:00
I agree 100%. And if someone wants to boo him at the game, they needn't bother doing it round me. The lad is living his boyhood dream, some people are just ridiculous.
12/08/2008 15:47:00
I dont think Zat has every let us down when its mattered, hes a top notch pro and an all round honest bunch of lads
12/08/2008 15:48:00
The guy is Villa through and through. How many Villa fans get to score a goal against Chelsea at home? Great guy and should get our undying support and loyalty!
12/08/2008 15:54:00
It's the way of the world I'm afraid. Rubbish players will get stick from the fans. Thats nothing new. And being a Villa fan won't shield him from it I'm afraid. Having said that, he might be bad but comments like "He's not fit to wear the shirt" and "Bugger off to another club" are a bit harsh. Then again I dont recall anyone on here saying those things. Just that he's pretty *****. Which he is.
12/08/2008 15:54:00
I've heard people say that he's rubbish, but not heard a single person question the effort he puts in, or boo him at a match for that matter, I think this has gone over the top a bit. Yes knight does support the Villa and no he isn't (in my opinion) good enough, but I will be supporting him all the way as all of us should. Anyway I though Knight's passing was one of the better points of his game, I've seen him knock some lovely long range passes about, certainly better that Laursen's passing.
12/08/2008 15:56:00
Hes better than you
12/08/2008 15:57:00
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