Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Hard Work and Bouncebackability Required

Hard Work and Bouncebackability Required

Speaking first our captain, states that we will get it right and that more hard work is needed at Bodymoor Heath to get the team to gell and work on our obvious flaws.

It's still open for debate as to whether our defensive frailties are down to lack of understanding and lack of fitness, or simply despite the new signings we are no better than last year.

Time will tell on that one because I believe we are stronger, but the defensive unit hasn't yet played alongside each other often enough to form an understanding. It also goes without saying that Curtis Davies' fantastic recovery may be one thing, but he isn't quite sharp enough or fit enough to withstand an aerial bombardment from a team like Stoke.

HF, with our lead already in the tie, is the time for a bit of experimentation and is the perfect opportunity for us to use it as a training match and work on those flaws.

'You could go anywhere and two goals should be enough to get at least a point. But again, we conceded too many.

'There is lots to work on at the training ground. We can't concede that many goals. It's impossible to concede two or three goals per game and expect to win.

'We need to tighten up defensively and I'm sure that's what we will do.'

Curtis Davies shares the same outlook, and says simply we 'didn't win the battle' against Stoke and that was our undoing. Davies goes one further though and has called for wins on the trot against HF and Liverpool.

'We are bitterly disappointed. It was always going to be a battle and we lost the battle.

'They had a lot of long throws which we managed to deal with throughout the game. To concede with the last one is extremely disappointing.

'We are all gutted. You come to a place like this and it's imperative that you stand up and are counted but we didn't do that.

'It's a defeat. We need to be stronger and see games out. We need to bounce back against FH Hafnarfjordur and then it's the big one against Liverpool.'

Ten out of ten for optimism and no doubt HF will be a training match, but you can't say the same against Liverpool - even if their form is as dodgy as ours at the moment.

And you just know they'll get an extra 5 minutes if needed, let alone the obligatory 'non penalty' we will conceed for the third time on the trot.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Sunday August 24 2008
Time: 5:19PM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
I'm still upset.
chris the villan
24/08/2008 17:46:00
0
We don't seem to learn - losing to Sunderland and Wigan last season and now already to Stoke - we must play a smarter game against these canny, lesser teams!
DutchLion
25/08/2008 09:05:00
0
I'm not pressing the panic button just yet, clinging to the belief that the Stoke result was a 'one-off', and that better days, and a successful season still lays ahead. Individually our defenders are all quality players, but they have not yet come together as a unit. We'll have more idea as to where we are after the Liverpool game, and possibly more importantly, after the transfer window closes. We simply have to bring in more quality in key positions, while not allowing any further departures. And I include Gareth Barry in that.
glensider
26/08/2008 22:15:00
0
Disagree with the comments in the article relating to Curtis Davies. He's fine, and Saturdays reversal was not down to him lacking fitness or sharpness. Quality defender, destined for much bigger things.
glensider
26/08/2008 22:17:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

What Did Villa Earn In 2015/16

With the 2015-16 season behind us, the final television allocation money based on league positions have been confirmed.

Okore On His Way - And Amavi?

Jores Okore is safely edging his bets about his future at Aston Villa following relegation, and French left back Jordan Amavi is being linked with a loan away...

Laursen Reflects On His Time At Villa

Martin Laursen has reflected on the time he spent at Villa Park, and been speaking of his memories of late.

SO! What Does Aston Villa Need From The Takeover??

So... what does Aston Villa need with regards to the takeover?

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Roberto Di Matteo would be:
Suggested By: JP Fear
A great appointment26%
A good appointment but I'd prefer a.n.other40%
An average appointment21%
No thanks appointment!13%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
2016 Monaco GP - FP2
Latest Vital Boxing News
Eubank Jnr in Goodwill Gesture
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pride of Lions820
2.The Fear476
3.kefkat340
4.sirdennis290
5.Lerner Out!250
6.Fulford239
7.JuanPabloAngel225
8.glensider205
9.DeanoVilla172
10.Silhillvilla158
The Vital Football Members League