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Bitterly Disappointed

In Martin O'Neill's verdict on the pathetic loss to QPR tonight, he revealed he was bitterly disappointed because we had chances to win the game.

He believes we should have won but the fact remains this is twice in two seasons we have fielded players in Cup competitions who seem quite incapable of performing properly.

This may be harsh simply because I can't believe we have suffered déjà vu again BUT since our defeat to Leicester only one player upped their game really...Curtis Davies.

He's gone on to learn the lesson of underestimating opponents, yet it seems a lesson some of his first team colleagues still haven't grasped.

Yes ok, we have the league to concentrate on - cliche alert.

Yes ok, we have the UEFA Cup to concentrate on and we are left with the FA Cup BUT, and this is the big BUT.

We should be challenging for all four.

We may not win the league, we may not win the UEFA, we may not have won the Carling Cup and we may not win the FA Cup.

May not's are not an excuse for capitulating against a squad who effectively won the game with their only shot on bloody target.

I accept Guzan could do little about their goal, otherwise with the few saves he needed to make he performed admirably.

Others also performed admirably and considering the squad was littered with players who form the best hope we have of a Top 4 finish, it's also unfair to blame the reservists really for failing to perform.

So the only question to ask is - why do we seem to perform like pathetic amatuers against so called lower class opposition?

It's not a blip, a one off. Look at this seasons performances against lower class opposition, look at last seasons performances against lower class opposition.

We seem inherantly unable to perform when faced with a team we should obliterate.

I mean no disrespect here to Leicester, Fulham, Wigan, QPR, Lovech etc etc.

It's just a fact, these are teams we should beat easily, these are teams we should - in the case of the league - look at as a means to improve our goal average.

But we struggle, and that has not changed and if we wish to be successful the players need to grow up and realise the fact they earn twice as much in a week as most of the others do in 6 months doesn't mean they don't have to earn their wages. It doesn't mean they don't have to do their jobs and it doesn't mean they can be less committed than they would if they were up against Chelsea.

Maybe our problem is too many player think lower class opposition won't be able to embarrass them as much as the likes of Chelsea, or Man U if they fail to perform.

I've news for them if that's the case. Headlines for tommorrow.

Aston Villa for second season running in Carling Cup are embarrassed a team from a lower division.

Maybe -

Villa Outclassed By Rangers, No Not the Scottish Ones.

Aston Villa To Hit The Carling Again....In The Club Bar Only.

Aston Villa Rely On Carling, Cup To Drown Their Sorrows.

Anyway, a bitterly dissappointed manager said to all bitterly angry fans:

'We had a number of chances in the game, particularly in the first half, but we spurned them.

'You do worry that they might come back to haunt you - but I always felt we were in control of the match.

'While there were moments in the game where QPR looked a fine, talented and entertaining side, the fact is we had enough chances to get through.

'But it doesn't matter how well you play between the penalty boxes, you have to score when you have the opportunity and defend when you have to.

'I have to say there weren't that many times when we had to defend. I remember Craig Gardner getting a block in in the first half and a couple of 35-yarders that didn't really trouble us.

'I feel if we had scored one of our chances in the first half, we would have gone on to win the game. We are really disappointed.

'People will say it's déjà vu from last season but I disagree.

'In terms of the result, I can't argue but in terms of the performance, I think we should have won tonight. I can't remember too many positives from the game against Leicester.'

Sorry Martin, I can't imagine any positives from tonight either so I fail to see the difference.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 24 2008

Time: 11:12PM

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honestly, you read too much into things. relax. we are doing well.yes it would be nice to win everything, but thats football. its a lot more simple and unexplainable that pundits make out. a bad day out, so what, bring on the premiership.
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25/09/2008 00:24:00

Who said WIN, it says MAY. ie challenge and take seriously. Yet again, for two years running as a club, manager and playing staff we didn't did we. And so what - it's so what full stop mate, fans pay their money to not watch dross. Players don't earn 20 grand a week to have off days, or use them as excuses. Yeah bring on the Premiership, because if we can't be mentally and effortly right for QPR we are really going to take 24 points off the Top 4 and storm the league aren't we. If you think the writer has overreacted, maybe you are under reacting and not realising in our position this Cup was one of two best chances we had for silverware this season.
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25/09/2008 00:43:00

Where were the 'missing' supporters? Let the excuses roll! We weren't good enough to beat a poor Championship team, no matter how much money they may well have, or what their exciting plans and ambitions are for the season - they were poor! Yes, we missed chances, but we never dominated, looked confident, or showed ourselves to be a top flight team against lower league mediocrity. And again, where were the missing thousands?
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25/09/2008 06:10:00

As soon as i seen " Osbourne " i was concerned and rightly so, not only is he poo but he was played wide right ? Big chance gone gone gone AGAIN.
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25/09/2008 06:51:00

Villa Outclassed By Rangers??? i wouldnt go that far, we were by far the better team and would have won had harewood not fluffed a bag of chances
Astonian Villan
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25/09/2008 08:14:00

Bring on the Premiership ric112?? So we will win that will we?? Of course we won't, but you are the one of many football fans now more concerned about finishing fourth in a league than going to the home of football and picking up a piece of silverware and adding your name to the list of winners... yes that is the point of football winning... leagues and trophies, not coming 4th.
Hoss The Villain
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25/09/2008 08:39:00

Just goes to show, Osbourne, Kinght, Harewood and dare I say it Gardner are not quite good enough. And why MON feels he always needs to play a centre midfielder on the right is beyond me?!?! It's worked with Reo but only the last couple of games and I'm still not convinced. What has Routledge got to do to get in the team? MOn bought him and now never plays him...even in Uefa cup or the league cup against lesser teams?!
In MON we trust!
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25/09/2008 08:49:00

I didnt think Osbourne was that bad, looks like im on my own with that one though. Not sure why more 'fans' didnt turn up glensider hopefully more will be present next Thursday for what I think will be a more challenging game.
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25/09/2008 08:58:00

Ok Mr G I feel guilty enough for missing a match, I don't miss many, I have done many midweek matches to end up getting home to N Wales at stupid o'clock in the morning, but this time it was purely finance, just couldn't scrape that extra £100 together, so it was last night or Saturday, taking everything else into account I went for Saturday, but saying that I suppose all the no shows believe they have a valid excuse. My apologies to my fellow faithful and to the mighty Aston Villa for my lack of support in their time of need.
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25/09/2008 09:51:00

Don't think Mr G is having a go at anyone individually Sir Steff of Wales, just it was a shocking turn out, obviously for many they live too far to get to the game and back after work etc. Just a bit baffling it was so low, it could well be the credit crunch kicking in for many as well, lets face it Longbridge etc has also had a massive knock on effect throughout the city!
The Fear
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25/09/2008 17:16:00

Jonathan is quite correct. I wasn't having a dig or a knock at any one individual, far from it. In fact I'm well aware that whether supporters choose to attend or stay away is absolutely no business of mine whatsoever, particularly when so many factors enter the equation of going to a football match nowadays. Apologies both to you Steff, and to any fellow Villans who felt that I was taking a slap at them. Not so, I assure you. I didn't expect a bumper gate, not in the slightest did I, but around 18,000 Villans in attendance I felt was a very poor show, particularly low. 27 or 28,000 I might have felt to be reasonable, acceptable even, but that turn out just struck me as a very dismal show.
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25/09/2008 21:58:00

At least we're not Newcastle, perspective restored.
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